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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