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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 3:18

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

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

 

From the beginning of time, God’s Word was there. When God made the planets, the stars, the trees, etc., all He did was speak the word and it happened. Think of how incredible that is!   All God had to do was say, “Earth” and it was formed. There wasn’t anything magical about it. God spoke and it happened!

While Jesus was on earth, He did many miracles by speaking the word and it happened. One day, Jesus and the disciples were out in a boat when a storm arose. The disciples became very afraid and woke Jesus because they feared they would all perish. Jesus asked them the question, “Where is your faith?” They had forgotten who was in the boat with them – the Peace Speaker. He made the storm and He could calm it.

When we go through a storm in our life, we need to remember the Peace Speaker. God only needs to speak the word and the storm will calm. God’s Word is the same as it was in the beginning of time. God never changes. He is always the same. Let God speak His Word into your life today!

 

Prayer:  Dear God, thank You for Your Word that never changes.  Speak peace and calm to the storms in my life today. Amen!

BY MISHELLE NALLY