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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 3:18

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

 

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34—35.

The love we express to one another is a living testimony that we are the disciples of Jesus. People will know if our words are void and lack true emotion, but true love will be expressed from our hearts.

The Power of a Heartbeat

The human heart begins to beat at the first month of conception. From the moment it starts beating until the moment it stops, the human heart works tirelessly to give you life. When the human heart stops beating, the body cannot survive.

  • The average heart beats 72 times per minute.
  • In the course of 1 day it beats over 100 thousand times.
  • In 1 year it beats approximately 38 million times.
  • By the time a person turns 70 years old it has beaten 2.5 billion times.

Our heart beats automatically, without having to think about it because it was built for a purpose. God has formed our hearts to express love and to prove there is life.

The Heartbeat of Our Savior

The heartbeat of Jesus was vibrantly loud as He hung on the cross, and it is in the flow of His blood streaming down from Calvary that we can experience forgiveness, mercy, and love.

God’s heart is beating right now and it will never stop beating. It is beating for you, it is beating for your family, it is beating for your coworkers, it is beating for the broken, it is beating for the world.

  • What is your heart beating for?
  • What is your hearts desire?
  • Do you desire a heavenly heartbeat?

Today, let’s pray for the heartbeat of God.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that I would feel your heartbeat. Let me love what You love and love who You love. I desire for my heart to beat after Yours. Lay a persons name on my heart to pray for. In Jesus name.

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

Colossians 3:14

I’m not a very fashionable person. I love clothes as much as the next woman, but I struggle with pairing patterns, prints and colours together. I try and keep it simple with dresses that don’t need to be matched with anything, and subtle, neutral colours. Kudos to all you women out there who excel in the fashion department!

There is an article of clothing though that we all should be brilliant at putting on, and that is love. This scripture tells us to “clothe ourselves with love” The message translation tells us to “wear love” for it is our “basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”

Love works in all seasons of life. Whether the sun is shining and life is good, or things have taken a turn for the worst. Sincere, compassionate, genuine love will never go out of style!

Love changes situations and hearts.

Love heals and restores.

Love forgives and is able to move on.

Lord, help me to love others and myself as you love others and as you love me. Help me to see with eyes of compassion, and to have a heart that is fuelled by your love.