Whose Wisdom?


~James 3:17 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.

Each day of a Christian’s life starts with a choice. We choose to walk in Christ’s footsteps or we choose to walk in our own footsteps. When I think about my life prior to salvation, I can actually remember my thoughts and I assure you they were not good ones. After salvation, my desire was to follow Christ and to please Him.

I remember questioning God and asking Him for direction in many areas of my life! At times I felt that I must be such a bother to Him. The lady who led me to the Lord always pointed me to His Word for answers. She led me to James 1:5 as defense for her recommendation:

~James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Our wisdom comes from God, friend! He alone can give you exactly what you need, WHEN you need it. It will always be the right wisdom.  It will always lead you down the right path.  It will always have the right outcome!  Why?  According to today’s text, His wisdom is:

  • Pure
  • Peaceable
  • Gentle
  • Easy to be intreated (good for persuasion)
  • Full of mercy and good fruits
  • Without partiality
  • Without hypocrisy

Wow! A Christian who seeks after the wisdom that God gives is a Christian who will be set apart from the world. Do you know someone who displays all these traits? I dare say there aren’t too many. But you will recognize him straight away! When one follows after the wisdom of the world, one will receive the antithesis of what James 3:17 speaks of:

  • Impure
  • At emnity
  • Harsh
  • Stubborn
  • Without mercy and full of bad fruits
  • Partial
  • hypocritical

God’s wisdom needs to be sought by Christians today – more so now as the world is in such turmoil!  God wants to give us wisdom – as much as we want! He does not withhold anything that is good from His children. So ask Him! What are you waiting for?

~Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

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Desire to be a testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ and to lead others to Him!
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2 Responses to Whose Wisdom?

  1. Jerry Bouey says:

    Excellent contrast, Kate!

    Do you know someone who displays all these traits? I dare say there aren’t too many.

    Ouch! Sometimes I know I am not “easy to be entreated” or “gentle” when dealing with difficult clients or coworkers at the Mission (it is always hard to find a balance between dealing with unrepentant bad behaviour and still treating the client or coworker with the love of God – sometimes I am sure I fail). In those situations, according to these verses, I am not showing the wisdom that is from above. Again, Ouch!

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