James 3:17 Wisdom From Heaven

 

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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.

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Hebrews 10:22 Get Near To God

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

Having just pointed out that Jesus has removed the sins of the people and made a way for them to enter into the Holy of Holies to be with God, they are encouraged to go in. The curtain was the dividing line between the Holy and the Most Holy. On the other side was where God would dwell. The author of Hebrews wants people now to move into the inner place to be near God, but he says it must be done with sincere hearts.

One has a sincere heart who is dedicated, not false in any way, no false motives, loyal, and loving. Not every person has a sincere heart.

Everyday many people go to a workplace to do some work, but their hearts are not in it. They only do the job for the paycheck, not to do the boss a service, or to do the people they are working for a service. Often they don’t even really like their job, but it pays, so they do it. Their hearts are not in it.

Other ways people’s hearts are not in something is in giving. They give gifts or money because that is the thing to do, not because they want to do it.

There are people in the church who believe in God because it is the thing to do or just to escape punishment of hell. They do not serve God because of a love for God and for what He has done for them. They are not approaching God with a sincere heart.

If you have a sincere heart for God, you will approach Him with a great love for Him. You will have a great respect for who He is. You will not just be seeking to get something from Him, but to offer yourself to Him.

You will also know that Jesus has made the way for you to go to God. It was not something you did or earned.

How are you going before God today? Do you have a sincere heart?

I pray today that you will know the cleansing Jesus has given you; that you will know you can approach God; that you will have a sincere heart before God; and that you will know God in a new, better way.

James 3:17 True Wisdom

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

Prior to this verse James describes the world’s wisdom as being of a selfish nature that does not come from God. The world gives advice on how to get ahead in life without following the standards God has put into place. Now you see what true wisdom really is. This wisdom comes from heaven–from God is has perfect wisdom.

In this verse James describes God’s wisdom as:

Pure: there is no fault found in it. God is perfect and has perfect wisdom and He gives that perfect wisdom to all who ask for it.

Peace-Loving: This wisdom seeks peace first with God and then peace between men. God does not desire a fight with anyone, He desires peace. Seek peace with God and others as much as possible.

Considerate: Jesus put our best interests before His own. He died on the cross to save you, not Himself. Put other’s needs before your own. God will take care of yours.

Submissive: Jesus submitted to the will of the Father–even to the point of death on the cross. Submit yourself to God and to all in authority above you.

Full of Mercy: God could have destroyed you the first time you sinned against Him, but He did not. In His great love and mercy He found a way to save you, though it cost Him His Son. Have mercy on everyone you come into contact with.

Full of Good Fruit: Jesus walked around bearing much fruit for His work: healings, salvations, provisions, and building of God’s kingdom. Do works for God that will show fruit of what is occurring in your heart. Do not be a dead plant for God.

Impartial: Jesus did not show any favoritism to anyone. God treats everyone the same way. Do not show favoritism in your life.

Sincere: Jesus was real and serious about the work He had to do. Don’t spend your life joking when seriousness is required. Be real on outside and inside of your life. Don’t be one person at church and another at work.

Today look at your life: Is your life being governed by God’s wisdom? Are you showing all the traits of His wisdom in your life? Or does your wisdom show the characteristics of the world’s selfish wisdom?

I pray that today God will give you His wisdom; that God will strengthen you to show all the traits of His wisdom in your life; that the world will see you as different finding no fault in you because of your stand with Christ and for Christ; and that God will help you to never be selfish in anything you say or do.