True wisdom comes from God

July 10th, 2014

Today’s reading is James 3:13-18 NLT and it is titled, “True wisdom comes from God”.

Verse 13 says, “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom”.

In this verse James gives us another straight forward statement. If you understand things from God’s perspective, then prove it in the way you live.

He goes on to contrast the wisdom from God and the wisdom from the world in verses 14-17.

Worldly wisdom has two main features – jealousy and selfish ambition. It sees what others has and wants it and the person wants these things only for themself.

Compare this to wisdom from God and a person who understands God’s ways…

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere” (v17).

Those who live with Godly wisdom love purity and peace, are gentle, submissive, merciful, fruitful, sincere and do not show favouritism. They are not self focussed, but outward focussed.

Let us prove today that we understand God’s ways and live an honourable life, with good works and humily. Let us display the things James 3:17 NLT talks about.

God Bless,
Dave

 
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