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Isaac Asimov, author of Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, writes, "The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." Here are some words of wisdom to live by in a world that has us spinning faster than ever.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. -Confucius

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. -Thomas Jefferson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. -Doug Larson

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. -Albert Einstein 

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. -Sandra Carey

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. -Merry Browne

When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. -John F. Kennedy

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. -Khalil Gibran

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. -Elbert Hubbard

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140 Wise Quotes About Love, Life, and Loving Friendships

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Life is a gift.

When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success both personally and professionally. One way to do this is to surround ourselves with love.  Love with a romantic partner, love for family and friends, and love for living life to the fullest.  When we set our goals to focus on what's truly important, it's easy to find meaning with our daily actions.

That's why in this post, you will discover 140 great quotes that focus on all aspects of love (i.e. romantic love, great friendships, and love for experiencing all that life has to offer.) And wise quotes about everything in between.

To help you out, we have separated this post into five sections, with a few large picture quotes to share with your loved ones.

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What You Will Learn

What is the Meaning of Love?

If you have chosen to be your best even when the other person you are with isn't at their best, then you have chosen to love this person, and this person is likely your best friend. Love is more than a feeling; it should also be considered an enacted emotion.

And if you'd like to take your romance to the next level, then we recommend two things: 

  1. Create a few of the 21 relationship goals that we cover here.
  2. Scheduling regular date nights with your significant other.

Remember: Love is kindness, and love is an adventure.  So let's learn more about this by checking out the following short inspirational quotes:

Love Quotes and Sayings

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”– Victor Hugo

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”– Richard Warren

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”– Thomas Merton

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

​“Love is a friendship set to music.”– Joseph Campbell

​“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”– George W. Melville

“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”– Jeanne Moreau

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”– Sam Keen

​“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”– Albert Ellis

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Menken

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” – Rumi

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.' … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are most alive when we're in love.” – John Updike

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” – Dodie Smith

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

Want some more wise quotes related to love? Check out some of these affirmation and quote posts dealing with self-love, happiness, and all the good stuff in life.

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is to find meaning in everything you do and learn to love every aspect of your daily routine. Put simply: You to understand “your why” behind everything that you do.

Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:

Wise Quotes About Life

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

​“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”– Voltaire

“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter

​“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”– Abraham Lincoln

​“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

​“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”– Dale Carnegie

​“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

​“An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates

​“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“You can never plan the future by the past.”– Edmund Burke

​“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro

​“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”– Anna Quindlen

“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

​“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”– Vivian Komori

​“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”– Robert Frost

​The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”– W. M. Lewis

“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison

​“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”– Denis Waitley

​“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”– Vince Lombardi

Quotes on Loving Life

One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backward?

Unfortunately, that is not the way things work.

In life, we gain important pieces of wisdom through experience and practicing a few of the 23 strategies for daily self-improvement.

All that said, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found by looking at quotes from people who have learned to love life.  Here are a few of our favorites:

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone

“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”​– Jimmy Connors

“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”– Ming-Dao Deng

“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ​– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.”​– Friedrich Nietzsche

“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”– Thomas Carlyle

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ​– Auguste Rodin

“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”– Paulo Coelho

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”– John Gardner

“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”– Susan May Warren

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff

​“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”– Pete Seeger

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”– William Faulkner

The Meaning of Friendship

One thing that life experiences teach us is that you never get “something for nothing”.

Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action. Perhaps you can think of it as “bribing yourself”.

To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.

Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.

The following wise quotes talk about the importance of forming lifelong friendships that enrich and enhance your daily routine. In essence, when you have great friends, you’ll surround yourself with great conversations where you can know one another on a deep level.    

When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.

However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:

​Quotes About Friendship ​

​“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie

​“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

​“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” – Oscar Wilde

“Make a friend when you don't need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

​“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

​“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown

​True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson

​“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

​“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham

Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.

When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.

This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.

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Final Thoughts on These Love Quotes

Love is all around us!  Whether it’s your partner, family, friends, or even the activities you enjoy on a deep level, you can find plenty of examples of this powerful emotion.  Hopefully, these love quotes inspired you and gave you something to think about.

And if you like these quotes, then be sure to check out the others that we have:

Thanks for checking out this wisdom, love, and friendship quote post.  I would appreciate it if you would save your favorite quote on your “go-to” social media platform. And hope you are having a wonderful, loving day!

Here are a collection of quotes about life, which I heard from a old man I know, and a few other speakers. "Atheists believe in "logic", so they replace the belief in .

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:15-21)

How can we live a wise life?

Paul calls believers to imitate God (cf. Ephesians 5:1). We imitate God by living a life of love (Eph 5:1), by living as light (v. 8), and finally, by living wise lives (v. 15).

In Scripture, foolishness and wisdom are not intellectual issues; they are moral issues. According to Psalm 14:1, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” The fool does not recognize God, and lives a life of evil. However, the wise man knows God and obeys him. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” If we are going to live wise lives, we must worship and obey God.

In this section, we will consider four characteristics of a wise life.

BigQuestion: How can we live a life of wisdom according to Ephesians 5:15-21?

Believers Live a Life of Wisdom by Making the Most of Their Time

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  (Ephesians 5:15-16)

One characteristic of wise people is that they make the most of their time in knowing and doing God’s will, whereas the fool wastes spiritual opportunities. Each day opportunities are lost to know God better, serve him, and build up his people.

“Making the most of every opportunity,” can be translated “redeeming the time.” It “has the basic meaning of buying, especially of buying back or buying out. It was used of buying a slave in order to set him free.”1

History is full of great examples of wise, godly people who redeemed their time to the maximum potential. For example, “Jonathan Edwards, the philosopher-theologian who became God’s instrument in the ‘Great Awakening’ in America in 1734–5, wrote in the seventieth of his famous Resolutions just before his twentieth birthday: ‘Resolved: Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.’”2 Similarly, “the great sixteenth–century reformer Philipp Melanchthon kept a record of every wasted moment and took his list to God in confession at the end of each day. It is small wonder that God used him in such great ways.”3

In contrast, “Judas, the most tragic example of wasted opportunity, spent three years in the very presence of the Son of God, as one of the inner circle of disciples, yet he betrayed His Lord and forfeited his soul for thirty pieces of silver.”4

As we consider these examples, we must ask ourselves, “How can we make the most of our opportunities to serve God and honor him?”

ApplicationQuestion: How can we make the most of our time?

1. We must recognize how short our time is.

Moses says in Psalm 90:12 (NIV), “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The NLT translates this as, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” If we do not realize how short our time is, we will not make the most of it. Our time is short because death awaits us. It is short because certain opportunities currently before us will not always be there. These opportunities include such things as the ability to cultivate relationships, serve in ministry, and pursue education. Finally, our time is short because Christ could come at any moment.

Some, in the foolishness of youth, live like they will be young forever. “Let’s eat, drink, and have as much fun as possible,” they say, not realizing that today could be their last. But we should pray as Moses did: “Lord, help us to know the brevity of life so we can make the most of it for your kingdom and purposes.”

What else must we do to make the most of our time?

2. We must plan prayerfully.

Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Believers should prayerfully make long term plans: one-year, five-year and ten-year plans that include spiritual, vocational, family, and educational goals. They should also make daily plans. In fact, while taking a leadership class in seminary, I was taught to map out every hour of the day so I could best use it for God. Unaccounted hours are typically wasted hours.

It has often been said, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Spiritual progress doesn’t happen by accident. It goes to the diligent who prayerfully seek God for the best and wisest ways to live. 

Wise people are planners—they are not drifting through life. We must plan prayerfully even with our limited knowledge, while trusting God’s ultimate plan and his sovereignty over everything.

3. We must be willing to pay the price.

As mentioned, “making the most of” can be translated “redeeming,” or “buying.” There is a cost to making the most of our time. It means giving up other things we could do in order to best use our time. Be very careful of time wasters such as TV, social media, and video games. Yes, rest and recreation are important, but they must be limited. Doing so may well be part of the cost of living a wise life.

In addition, sometimes we may need to let go of relationships and other “good” things in order to make the most of our time for God. In business, these “good things” are called “opportunity costs”—things we must give up to take the best opportunities. Wise people are often brutal in cutting things out of their life that make them unproductive.

4. We must stay away from evil.

Finally, if we are to redeem our time, we must stay away from the foolishness of sin. Sin is the biggest waste of time. Paul implies this when he says to make “the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” We live in a world full of evil and temptation. If we are not making the most of our time for God, then we will fall into the evil of the day.

As far as church is concerned, it is often the people who are not involved who tend to get trapped in evil—drunkenness, dishonest practices, ungodly relationships, addictions, etc. Instead of living wisely, they live as fools. If you don’t use your time for God, Satan will use it for his purposes. There are really only two options.

ApplicationQuestions: In what other ways can we make the most of our time? In what other ways do people tend to waste time and opportunities?

Believers Live a Life of Wisdom by Understanding God’s Will

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:17)

The next way to live a wise life is to know and understand God’s will. No doubt, we see this in Christ—the wisest man ever to live on the earth. Before going to the cross, he prayed, “Not my will but your will be done.” In fact, he taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” If we are going to live wise lives, we must be consumed with knowing and doing God’s will. We considered this in our discussion of Ephesians 5:10—”find out what pleases the Lord.” Therefore, we will cover it only briefly here.

ApplicationQuestion: How can we know and understand God’s will?

1. To understand God’s will, we must know the Word of God.

Second Timothy 3:16-17 says that the Word of God equips the man of God for all righteousness. If it is righteous, God wants to equip us for it through his Word. David said, “Your word is light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet” (Psalm 119:105). If we are going to know God’s will in a dark world, we must walk in the light of God’s Word.

Through his Word, God tells us exactly what to do in situations where there is a moral choice, and gives us principles to apply in other situations. We must know God’s Word in order to understand God’s will.

2. To understand God’s will, we must pray.

James 1:5 says, “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives liberally.” God wants to give us wisdom so we can make wise decisions that honor him. To know God’s will, we must be people of prayer.

3. To understand God’s will, we must rely on the body of Christ.

God often gives direction through the body of Christ. First Corinthians 12:21 says, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’” As we rely on the body, God gives insight and direction through its members. To not rely on the body is to spiritually impoverish ourselves, and often to miss God’s best.

ApplicationQuestions: What are some other ways that God guides us into his perfect will? Is there something specific for which you are currently seeking the Lord about?

Believers Live a Life of Wisdom by Staying Sober

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. (Ephesians 5:18a)

InterpretationQuestion: In what ways does Scripture condemn the abuse of alcohol?

Another way believers live wisely is by being sober. Drunkenness was a common pastime in the ancient world, as it is today. Some people live to get drunk in their free time and on the weekends. Sadly, it is often seen as the only way to have fun. Living to get drunk is a wasted life, and Scripture condemns it. Isaiah 5:22 says, “Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks.” MacDonald’s comments are helpful in understanding Scripture’s teaching on alcohol.

The Scriptures do not condemn the use of wine, but they do condemn its abuse. The use of wine as a medicine is recommended (Prov. 31:6; 1 Tim. 5:23). The Lord Jesus made wine for use as a beverage at the wedding in Cana of Galilee (John 2:1–11). But the use of wine becomes abuse under the following circumstances and is then forbidden:

1. When it leads to excess (Prov. 23:29–35).

2. When it becomes habit-forming (1 Cor. 6:12b).

3. When it offends the weak conscience of another believer (Rom. 14:13; 1 Cor. 8:9).

4. When it hurts a Christian’s testimony in the community and is therefore not to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).

5. When there is any doubt in the Christian’s mind about it (Rom. 14:23).5

With all that said, abusing wine leads to debauchery. Debauchery, according to Webster’s online dictionary, refers to “bad or immoral behavior that involves sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.”6

However, when Paul commands Christians not to get drunk, he is probably not only addressing a social issue, but also a theological issue. In the ancient world, worshipers commonly sought communion with their gods through various forms of ecstasy. This was achieved in part through taking drugs, heavy drinking, dancing, singing, and sexual orgies. In fact, witchcraft, or sorcery, in Scripture is the Greek word pharmakeia, from which we get our English word “pharmacy”—a place to buy medicine.

Paul might have had in mind the worship of the Greek God, Dionysius (Bacchus in Rome)—the wine God.7 Festivals to Dionysius included drunken orgies and happened as often as five times a month.8 Paul may be referring to this as he calls the Ephesians to instead be “filled with the Spirit.” The Ephesians were not to worship the living God in the same way that pagans worshiped false gods, and neither should we.

With that said, believers should not just stay away from drunkenness and experimenting with drugs because they are morally wrong, but also because they open the doors to evil spirits—as experienced by those in cult religions. Scripture seems to affirm this in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV). It says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” To “be sober” means to be free of intoxicants. Believers should be free of intoxicants because these substances open doors to the devil.

When a person becomes intoxicated, he submits control of his mind and body to a drug. No doubt this lack of control opens doors for evil spirits. We should not be surprised that in the majority of rapes, robberies, and murders, the perpetrator is under the influence of drugs.

If a Christian is going to live a life of wisdom, he must not abuse alcohol or drugs.

ApplicationQuestions: What do you think about the belief that abusing drugs and alcohol opens doors for demons? What is your personal practice with the freedom of drinking? How can Christians wisely handle this freedom?

Believers Live a Life of Wisdom by Being Filled with the Spirit

Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:18b-21)

Finally, if we are going to live wisely, we must be filled with the Spirit. The filling of the Spirit is a commonly misunderstood teaching; therefore, it might be helpful to first state what it is not.

Common Misunderstandings

InterpretationQuestion: What are some common misunderstandings of the filling of the Spirit?

1. To be filled with the Spirit is not a crazy, ecstatic experience that involves falling on the floor, shaking uncontrollably, or barking like a dog.

Scripture says one of the fruits of the Spirit is “self-control” (Galatians 5:23), and that the spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets (1 Cor 14:32, KJV). This means when the Spirit of God moves in a person’s life, the person has self-control—not a lack of control. The Spirit-filled person is able to control his lust, language, and emotions.

In 1 Corinthians 12:3, Paul says that “no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed,’ and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” This needed to be said because the Corinthians were accepting many counterfeits in the church. They were probably so excited about power and charismatic gifts that they accepted everything without question. Paul says, “No, the Spirit of God won’t say Jesus is cursed.” In the same way, many churches today are so excited about the things of the Spirit that they lack discernment.

One of the tricks of the Anti-Christ in the end times will be “counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders” (2 Thess 2:9). The enemy deceives people with these types of wonders even today. People in churches are barking like dogs, roaring like lions, falling down, shaking, and everything else. John commands believers to test the spirits to see if they are of God (1 John 4:1). We do this by the spirit’s fruit. One question we must ask is, “Does this ‘spirit’ produce self-control or lack of control?”

2. To be filled with the Spirit is not the same as the baptism of the Spirit.

Another common misunderstanding of the filling of the Spirit is confusing it with the baptism of the Spirit. When a person accepts Christ, the Spirit baptizes him into the body of Christ. First Corinthians 12:13 says that we have all been baptized by one Spirit into one body. It is a one-time experience whereby we become part of Christ’s body. Some believe the baptism is a second experience that believers must seek, and that it is commonly associated with speaking in tongues. However, again, 1 Corinthians 12:13 say that we have all been baptized by the Spirit, and verses 28-31 of the same chapter indicate that not everybody has the gift of tongues. Further evidence that we have all been baptized by the Spirit is the fact that Scripture never commands us to seek the baptism. If it were an important experience for all believers to pursue, wouldn’t there be at least one command for us to seek it? But, there isn’t.

Sadly, because the filling of the Spirit is commonly associated with the baptism of the Spirit in some circles, it has created two tiers of Christians—”Spirit-filled” and “unSpirit-filled.” In some churches, Christians who don’t speak in tongues are looked at as second class citizens. This is the opposite of what the baptism of the Spirit is meant to do. The baptism makes us one body—not two, and this incorrect theology divides what God unified.

Well then, we must ask, “What is the filling of the Spirit?”

InterpretationQuestion: What does it mean to be filled by the Spirit?

Whereas in the baptism of the Spirit we become part of the body of Christ, in the filling of the Spirit we offer our bodies to God. While the baptism of the Spirit is a one-time experience, the filling of the Spirit is to be a continual experience for believers. There is one baptism and multiple fillings. This is seen in the Greek tense of the word. It is a present imperative that can actually be translated “keep on being filled.” This verb is also passive—meaning “we do not fill ourselves but permit the Spirit to fill us.”9

Wiersbe’s comments on the word “filled” are helpful:

In the Bible, filled means “controlled by.” “They … were filled with wrath” (Luke 4:28) means “they were controlled by wrath” and for that reason tried to kill Jesus. “The Jews were filled with envy” (Acts 13:45) means that the Jews were controlled by envy and opposed the ministry of Paul and Barnabas. To be “filled with the Spirit” means to be constantly controlled by the Spirit in our mind, emotions, and will.10

The filling of the Spirit brings power in the Christian life to be holy, to witness, and to accomplish all God calls us to do. It should be the continual experience and endeavor of every believer. Believers should constantly seek this experience in their lives. If they don’t, they will produce little fruit for God’s kingdom.

How to Be Filled

InterpretationQuestion: How should believers seek the filling of the Spirit?

1. Believers are filled through yielding to the Spirit’s control.

Again, the word “fill” is passive, meaning that the Holy Spirit fills us. Therefore, in order for the Spirit to control us, we must yield to his will in our lives. We do this by obeying the commands in Scripture, heeding his promptings, and not grieving him through sin. If we commit sin, we must turn to God and confess it.

We must offer our bodies as living sacrifices unto God, as Romans 12:1 says. This is where many Christians fail. They continually hold back their best from God—not wanting to fully submit to him for fear of what he might say or where he might lead. As long as believers hold back from full obedience to God, they cannot be filled as they should be.

Are you yielding to the Spirit? Or are you holding back from full obedience?

2. Believers are filled through dwelling in the Word of God.

Consider what Colossians 3:16-18 says,

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

It is hard not to notice the similarities with Ephesians 5:18-21. The results of being filled with the Spirit and letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly are almost synonymous; they are worship, thanksgiving, and submitting to others.

Since the Spirit is the author of Scripture, to be filled by him means to dwell in the Word of God. The word “dwell” actually means “to be at home.” Many Christians can’t be filled and empowered by the Spirit because the Word of God is not “at home” in their lives. It is more like a visitor than a resident. They visit the Word of God on occasion. They say, “Maybe I’ll read the Bible today or maybe I won’t.” Therefore, they don’t have power in their lives, and they struggle with self-control, which is a fruit of the Spirit.

If we are going to be filled with the Spirit, we must dwell daily in the Word of God (Psalm 1:2-3). There the Spirit instructs and equips us for all righteousness (2 Tim 3:16-17).

3. Believers are filled through prayer.

In Acts 4:29-31, the church gathered to pray because of the persecution they experienced for preaching the gospel. The text shows their prayer and the result:

“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

When they finished praying the place was shaken, and they were empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak the Word of God boldly. Instead of fearing the threats of men, they had spiritual power to continue God’s ministry.

How do we get filled and empowered by the Spirit of God? We get filled and empowered by having a thriving prayer life. Your ability to serve God, be holy, and have joy will often be proportionate to your time in prayer. One of the ways the Spirit fills us is through our prayers.

As we consider Acts 4, we must also see the importance of corporate prayer. Even Jesus, when confronted with the cross, threw a prayer meeting to get ready for it (Mark 14:34-42). We should do the same when encountering trials and temptations in our lives. It is one of the ways that God fills and empowers us.

4. Believers are filled through worship.

In 2 Kings 3:12-15, Elisha is approached by Jehoshaphat and Ahab, who were seeking God’s wisdom about going to war. Elisha responds, “‘But now bring me a harpist.’ While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha.” Elisha is filled by God’s Spirit and empowered as he worships. It’s the same with us—God empowers us through worship. In another story, God routs the enemy while Jehoshaphat and his army worship (2 Chr 20).

The Bible says God inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3 paraphrase). Wherever there is true worship, God manifests his presence and empowers his people.

5. Believers are filled through faithfully enduring trials.

We get a picture of this with Christ in the wilderness. Matthew 4:1 says he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But Luke 4:13-14 says this about his leaving: “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.” When Christ left the wilderness after faithfully enduring temptation, he was empowered by the Spirit of God.

It is no surprise that the believers God used greatly in Scripture, he often sent first into the wilderness—trials—to be filled and empowered. Trials empty us of our self-reliance so we can fully rely on God’s strength. God said this to Paul about his thorn in the flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

God uses trials to weaken us so the power of his Spirit may be made perfect in us. With that said, some believers allow their trials to turn them away from God. Instead of running to him for strength and comfort, they run to something else like alcohol or other addictions. These people forfeit God’s power and give something or someone else control of their lives.

Are you drawing near God in your trial, or are you looking elsewhere for help? Your trial is strategic. It is there for God to empower and equip you for service. 


ObservationQuestion: What are the results of being filled by the Spirit, according to Ephesians 5:19-21?

In conclusion, Paul shares the results of being filled with the Spirit. We would naturally think of being bold witnesses, miracles, prayer that moves mountains, healings, etc., but those manifestations aren’t listed in this passage. Instead, he says,

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-21 )

1. A result of being filled is corporate worship.

Paul said speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. MacDonald’s comments are helpful here:

While some see all three categories as parts of the Book of Psalms, we understand only psalms to mean the inspired writings of David, Asaph, and others. Hymns are noninspired songs which ascribe worship and praise directly to God. Spiritual songs are any other lyrical compositions dealing with spiritual themes, even though not addressed directly to God.11

It must be noted that Paul says “speak to one another.” Corporate worship is focused on God, but it also involves speaking to and edifying one another. We commonly see this in the Psalms. Psalm 95:1-3 says:

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

This reminds us that when we sing to God, it not only blesses him, but it also blesses others. As we raise our voices in worship, we speak to others about the greatness of God, and we edify them. Therefore, when we don’t sing, we rob others of this blessing. Some are certainly more gifted at singing than others, but Spirit-filled singing has nothing to do with being in tune or sounding good. It is with the heart that we honor God and edify others.

2. A result of being filled is individual worship.

Paul says to “make music in your heart to the Lord.” When filled with the Spirit, we find ourselves continually praising God—humming songs in our heart throughout the day. This is because the Spirit’s job is to glorify Christ and God (cf. John 16:14-15).

3. A result of being filled is thankfulness.

When a person is critical and complaining, they are not filled with the Spirit, but with the flesh (cf. Gal 5:19-21, Phil 2:14). When the Spirit fills us we give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for our lives (1 Thess 5:18).

4. A result of being filled is submission.

Instead of constantly seeking our own rights and our glory, we lay our rights down to serve and honor others as Christ did. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” This includes both submitting to those in authority over us, and also to those under our authority. When Christ washed the feet of his disciples, he essentially submitted to them as a servant. That is why the disciples were so shocked and Peter at first refused this ministry (John 13). Like Christ, we must humbly submit to others, even those who submit to us.

Finally, in considering these results, we must understand that some commentators believe they are not just results, but also means of being filled with the Spirit.12 Certainly, they are both. When we worship individually and corporately, we are filled with God’s Spirit, even as Elisha was empowered as the harpist played worship music. When we are thankful, we are filled with the Spirit. But when we complain, we “put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thess 5:18-19). When we submit to one another God fills us, but when we are selfish and prideful, we lose his filling.

As believers, we must constantly be aware of the Spirit’s filling, for we need it to worship, to be thankful, to submit to God and others, and ultimately to accomplish everything God commands of us.

ApplicationQuestions: How have you experienced the filling of the Spirit? Are believers conscious of this experience or not conscious of it? How is God calling you to continually seek it?


How can believers live a life of wisdom that honors God, instead of a foolish life that dishonors him?

  1. Believers live a life of wisdom by making the most of their time.
  2. Believers live a life of wisdom by understanding God’s will.
  3. Believers live a life of wisdom by staying sober.
  4. Believers live a life of wisdom by being filled with the Spirit.

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Someone once said:

I observed all the oppression and sadness throughout the earth and I felt that the dead were better off than the living. But most fortunate of all are those who have never been born. – Ecclesiastes 4:1-3

Who knows, maybe that person is “right”, but that statement may be true only for certain people; those wishing for death due to circumstances.

But for those highly motivated to carry on and not willing to give up on life . . .

Here’s a collection of empowering, wise and inspirational quotes to live by.

May they inspire you to keep holding on and navigate through the waters of life and NEVER give up on your dreams.


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Wisdom Quotes To Live By


1. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me – Carol Burnett
2. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying – Roy T. Bennett

3. This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth – Marilyn Monroe

4. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened – Dr. Seuss

5. Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently – Maya Angelou

6. Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt

7. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it – Charles Swindoll
8. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive – Elbert Hubbard

9. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself – George Shaw

10. If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so – Lev Grossman

11. Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful – Thich Hanh

12. The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you – Peter Shaffer

13. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life – Steve Jobs
14. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you – Roy T. Bennett

15. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of – Bruce Lee

16. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking – Santosh Kalwar

17. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated – Confucius

18. People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

19. Life is a long lesson in humility – James Barrie

20. We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead – Roy T. Bennett

21. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde

22. Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes – Hugh Prather

23. Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create – Roy T. Bennett

24. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself – John Dewey

25. You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind – Joyce Meyer

26. Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands – Roy T. Bennett,

27. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving – Albert Einstein

28. Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act – Paulo Coelho

29. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live – J.K. Rowling

30. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple – Dr. Seuss

31. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

32. Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations – Oliver Goldsmith

33. Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others – Roy T. Bennett

34. Life is either a great adventure or nothing – Helen Keller

35. Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention. – Roy T. Bennett

36. Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it – Karolina Kurkova

37. Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music – Ronald Reagan

38. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give – Winston Churchill

39. Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular – Roy T. Bennett

40. Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid – John Wayne

41. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

42. Never make a decision when you are upset, sad, jealous or in love – Mario Teguh

43. If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax – Christian Louboutin

44. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough – Mae West

45. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later – Og Mandino

46. Either you run the day or the day runs you – Jim Rohn

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