But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy ad good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
Wisdom is just the knowing how to apply the knowledge that a person has in the best way possible. The world has a lot of wisdom, but it is faulty. The wisdom of the world is selfish and full of envy. It is about self and what one wants for himself.
In places where there is selfishness, there will always be disorder, discontent, jealousy, envy, hatred, cheating, and lying. The person is always striving to get the most out of life at any cost.
The wisdom that comes from God does not have any of those characteristics in it. God’s wisdom will always aim for peace, without compromising His standards. It is concerned with what others are going through or needing. His wisdom submits to those in authority, rather than forcing others into submission.
It has the mercy of God upon others who have done wrong, rather than throwing the book at the person. Heavenly wisdom will be filled with good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, because it is led by His Holy Spirit. It will treat every person the same regardless of position, money, character or anything else, just as Jesus did and still does. God’s wisdom will always be sincere and true, not joking around and not changing all the time.
In simple words, the wisdom that comes from God will always put God and others first because of love. This is the wisdom of God that is found in Jesus. He put others, who did not love or want Him, first by dying on the cross for them. To the world this does not make sense, because it does not know true love–Jesus.
As you seek wisdom keep in mind how God’s wisdom will look in this life. See why you need that wisdom and how you will use it correctly in your life. Do not allow yourself to be full of selfishness and envy because of some wisdom that you may possess, that is not of God.
Allow God to give you His wisdom so that you may be His witness in this world of who He really is and what He is really like. Don’t be like the world, but like Jesus in this world.
I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know how to use God’s wisdom correctly; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; and that you will love as God loves.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. James 2:19
Belief in a god is common around the world. The majority of people believe in some type of god. In some areas the number of those who believe in a god is higher than other areas, but it is common everywhere.
Although the numbers appear to be dropping, there is a high majority of people in America who claim to believe that there is a god or God out there. As many believe this, they will also say that one cannot really know this god or God.
Looking at people who claim to believe that there is God, James tells them that is good, but it is not enough. Even Satan and the demons believe that God is real. Satan has met with God personally more than one time over the centuries. There is no doubt in their minds at all that God is real, but they do not serve Him or have faith in Him.
The demons believe and shudder. They fear God, because they know that He is the ultimate power and authority in all of the universe. They know that in the end they will be judged by their actions and refusal to obey Him.
There is more to faith than just saying one believes that God exists. While many people claim to believe in God, very few actually live as though they believe it. They do not give God the authority in their life that He deserves. They openly and proudly do actions that are against God. They refuse to obey Him. They don’t see God as One who will judge their actions in the end.
Right before this verse, James talked about showing faith through actions. As a believer, you must do more than just claim to believe in God or Jesus, you must act upon it.
These actions are being His witness at every possible opportunity. It is obeying every command He gives you. It is showing love and mercy to every person, whether family, friend, enemy or stranger.
Be willing to show the world that you believe in God, not just claim it. Do not be like many in this world who only claim to believe in Him. Be separate and different from the rest of the world and even many in the church.
Really believe in God and act upon it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God’s word and commands; that you will act upon your belief in God; and that your life will show that you believe in God.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, James 1:19
People always want their voice and opinions to be heard. They are very quick to speak about something when it goes against their belief on how something should be. In the process of speaking so quickly, many will also get angry.
Anger arises everywhere a person looks. People get angry during times of voting for politicians; angry in the store when someone takes to long checking people out; angry at the restaurant when the food takes a long time to show up; angry on the road when they are cut off or behind a slow person; angry at home when things are not done a certain way.
In the process of getting angry, people begin to speak quickly and say things that they later regret. If the anger is left unchecked, it can often arise to physical violence in some.
James said that a person needs to be quick to listen. People do not want to take time to listen to what the other person is saying or why they are doing what they are doing. They just see the words or actions as a personal inconvenience and are quick to speak and get angry. This, then becomes selfishness and personal greed–both sinful.
When a person slows down on speaking, he may see and understand what is occurring in the life of the other person. God will be able to reveal ways to help the person, rather than beat that person down. He can show ways to be a witness of God’s great love and mercy.
As you go through your days there will be times of inconvenience or bad things said and done. Instead of quickly speaking slow down and listen. Listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding you in what to say and do. Listen to the other person and what he has to say.
Then be quick to show love and mercy to that person. Love will cover over a multitude of sins or wrongs. It will repair damages done. It will also bring about God’s desires in your life and those around you. It will not destroy and cause division and hate.
Do not allow anger to control you, but control anger with slow speech and listening.
I pray today that you will hear God speaking to you; that you will follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit; that you will be quick to listen to God and others; that God will help you slow down your speaking and anger; and that you will be filled with the peace of God towards others.