Posts Tagged ‘James 3:17-18

19
May
17

Heavenly Wisdom

James, in chapter 3, verses 13-16 talks about the earthly and demonic “wisdom” of selfish ambition and bitter envy. It creates strife, disorder and evil practices. Then he says:

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:17-18 (NIV)

Heavenly wisdom is all about using God’s gifts to bring about peace. Too often we use what God gives us to our advantage in order to get ahead. Instead, we need to use the gifts God gives to us for others. Imagine if we used our time, talent and treasure to make the world a better place. If we invested ourselves in living for Jesus and living for others, what could we accomplish? This is the challenge for us in the church today. Let us commit ourselves to using what God has given to us to show His love and grace to everyone.
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14
Sep
15

Heavenly Wisdom

James 3:17-18 (NIV)
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James contrasts earthly wisdom ​with the wisdom the comes from Heaven.  Heavenly wisdom is:
  • Pure – this is a synonym for holiness.  Heavenly wisdom comes from God for God is a holy God.
  • Peace-loving – this wisdom seeks to make peace between God and others.
  • Considerate – we need to be considerate of the needs of others and consider others more important than ourselves.
  • Submissive – rather than seeking to serve ourselves first, we seek to serve others.
  • Full of mercy – this calls to mind chapter 2 where James talks about how mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:13).
  • Full of good fruit – the result of heavenly wisdom is a life that produces good spiritual fruit.
  • Impartial – Heavenly wisdom does not play favorites, but treats everyone equally.
  • Sincere – the truly wise person makes sincere judgments, not snap judgments.

One of the benefits of having heavenly wisdom is that you become a peace-maker.  Compare that to the “wisdom” of earth which is full of bitter envy and selfish ambition (James 3:14).  Earthly wisdom says, “How can I use my wisdom to my advantage?”  Heavenly wisdom says, “How can I use God’s wisdom for the benefit of others?”  The seven characteristics of heavenly wisdom demonstrate a desire to help others.  Earthly wisdom only seeks to serve oneself.  May God make us truly wise with heavenly wisdom today.

PRAYER: Holy God, full of wisdom and truth: I ask today that You would give me pure heavenly wisdom that I might be more like You.  I ask that You would help me live my life for the benefit of others.  To serve like Jesus.  To be considerate of the needs and feelings of others.  To be wise in Your eyes.  Please give me opportunities to utilize the wisdom that comes from Heaven that I may be a righteous peace-maker.  In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.



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