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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

“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

This time of year, there are lots of opportunities to show mercy and do good deeds for others.  Food banks, children’s organizations, churches, etc. are looking for donations to provide Christmas gifts and food for the less fortunate in our areas.  Number five on our list is very appropriate.

MERCY AND GOOD DEEDS

It is not a question of asking God for wisdom as to whether we should get involved in these things, it is asking Him for wisdom as to what organizations to support.  A few years ago, our Senior’s group in our church decided we needed to reach out in some way to others in our community, so we organized a food drive and were able to donate boxes of food to two Refugee families.  I am sure it was a blessing, but we realized that other groups in the Community were doing this every year and were much more equipped to do it.  So, I believe that is was wisdom from the Lord, that gave us a better idea.

We now each have a small jar that sits on our tables, with a label on it, reading “Senior’s Generosity Fund.”  Loonies, toonies and other loose change fills these bottles which are brought to the church in November.  Last year we gave cheques to two local charities so that they could make Christmas for people they knew in need.  This year, our response has been even greater, and we expect to reach out to two or three organizations again.

God has been so merciful to us, and we just want to give back to others.  His wisdom shows us that is His will.

Tomorrow we will look at Impartiality.

Prayer:  Thank you Jesus, for all the wonderful blessings you have bestowed on us.  Help us to give back to others as you give us wisdom and direction.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“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 3:18

The second description that James give us of the wisdom of God is one we all strive for:

PEACE

In a world filled with turmoil and strife, many people are seeking for peace.  A new friend of mine was showing me pictures of what is happening back in the country she recently left.  People are suffering everything but peace.  We are praying that she will not have to return there, as being a Christian is very dangerous.

We are so thankful for the peace that Jesus Christ gives us.  Sometimes we let ourselves get bothered and worried about things that we face, and forget that the Lord has told us to not worry about anything, but to pray about everything,  No matter what we face, the Lord wants us to ask Him for wisdom and we can be sure that the answers He give us will give us peace of mind and heart.im for

The NLT uses “peace loving” in this verse.  Jesus wants us to be peacemakers.  Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

We may not always see eye to eye with everyone we are associated with.  Some may irritate us or cause us problems.  But as a child of God, we are called to be peacemakers.  James tells us we can go to the Lord and ask Him for the wisdom to handle the situation.  Sometimes, He will just tell us to keep our mouths shut. We can be sure that what He instructs us to do will help to bring peace and not turmoil.

Tomorrow we will look at Gentleness.

Prayer: Jesus we all face situations where we need your wisdom to keep peaceful.  Thank you that you are there when we call, and that you will give us the right words and actions.

Devotion by Anne Johnston