This week has been so busy but I promised to post, so I will–even if it’s short!
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Wow. I was reading this late one night–actually I can’t remember even how I came across them– but these verses just popped out at me. The verses in chapter 4, that come after, are common and quite well known, but these ones had never spoken to me before in such a deep way. There had been tension in the house and it was so easy to look at everyone else and look down on those who are “causing the problem”. But then, it caused me to think: am I being a wise woman and a bearer of peace? James says that the ones who are wise and have understanding will “show his works in the meekness of wisdom” and that wisdom, true wisdom from above, is “ first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. ” ::gulp:: I sure was lacking in those areas! These verses really challenged me to look at my own heart and see where I err instead of looking at others faults. We as Christians have such an opportunity as children of the King to be bearers of righteousness and peace. And yet how often do we do this? How often do we allow bitter jealousy and selfish to take over in our words and actions? Sadly, we allow this far too much, my friends. Satan wants nothing less than to have victory in our hearts and attitudes. But thanks be to Christ Jesus that through his saving work on the cross we can be his tools to bring about the harvest of righteousness [which] is sown in peace by those who make peace.” Hallelujah!
How has God been speaking to you lately?