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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

The last item on our list of the attributes of God’s wisdom is one that we all need to think about a lot.  We often hear people say that there are a lot of hypocrites in the church.  And of course, the reply comes back, “there is always room for one more.”

SINCERITY

God’s wisdom is always sincere.  We can trust that when we go to Him as we are facing a temptation or problem, that He will give us the right answer whether it is what we want to hear or not.  Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, yet He was without sin.  So, we can trust that whenever we are going through a time of temptation, He knows exactly what we are facing, and He will provide a way of escape for us.

It is human nature for us to want other people to like us and to believe in us.  It is never good to try to make ourselves look better in other’s eyes than what we really are, because they will be able to detect insincerity and hypocrisy.  Let us seek the Lord for His wisdom, and to let Him always help us to be real.

Let’s sum up this whole thing about God’s wisdom by looking at James 3:18 “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” NLT

What a promise this is for those who earnestly go to God for wisdom, listen to what He tells us and puts it into practice.

I hope that these thoughts on God’s Wisdom have been a blessing and that we all have drawn closer to the Lord this week.

Prayer:  Jesus, we thank you for your wisdom, help us to apply it to our hearts and become the peacemakers you want us to be, for we know that we will reap a harvest of righteousness.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.” Matthew 14:17.

What type of person are you? An optimist sees life as a glass half-full, but a pessimist sees it as half-empty. We often look at what we don’t have rather than what we have. I remember, a wonderful old preacher, Bro. C.B. Dudley, who used to say, “Every little bit added to what you got makes a little bit more.”

In the story in Matthew 14, a large crowd had gathered to listen to Jesus teachings. They were far away from any place that they could obtain food, but they were hungry. Jesus told his disciples to feed them. Despite all the miracles that they had seen Him perform, it seems their faith did not reach far enough for a miracle to happen here. After searching through the crowd, they told Jesus that all they had was a small lunch, enough to feed one person. They focused on what they lacked rather than on what their Master could do with what they had.

When the small amount of food they had was placed in the hands of Jesus, it multiplied until it was more than enough to feed the large crowd of five hundred men, plus the women and children. I would like to think that they disciples were very excited as they received the broken bread from the hands of their Master and began to distribute it among the people.

How often do we tell the Lord what we don’t have, instead of realizing that He has given us all gifts and talents and all He asks is that we place them in His hands and let Him use us as He sees fit. We can be a blessing to others as we give our all to Him and let us lead and direct our paths.

Prayer: Jesus you know our strengths and our weaknesses. Help us to give our all to you and let you use us in your kingdom.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” II Peter 1:7

Charity: the act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc.  This is the most common description of this word, but St.  Paul’s classical description of charity is found in I Corinthians 13. In Christian theology and ethics, “charity” translates as “love” and is shown in the life, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ.  He gave us the greatest example of love when He died on the cross to redeem us from sin.

Most of us are familiar with the attributes of love: longsuffering, kindness, lack of envy, not proud, doesn’t seek his own good, etc.  It is truly a picture of how Jesus lived and the ideal way to live that He desires for us.

Over the last few days we have climbed the steps toward being what the Lord desires.  Of course, none of us have reached perfection, but we will visit them time and time again, striving to do better.  I hope we all have achieved a passing grade, but the biggest reward for working on these attributes is expressed in Verse 8 of II Peter 1: “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I hope you have enjoyed this simple Bible study as much as I have.  It has had me searching my heart and asking the Lord to help me become more and more like Him.  I want to be everything He desires me to be, and to be a blessing to others.

Prayer:  Jesus, thank you for your Word and for the instructions you have given us to live by.  Draw us ever closer to you and to each other.

Devotion by Anne Johnston