James 3:13, 17-18 NIV 2011
Who is wise and understanding, among you?
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. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James was a leader of the Jerusalem church. His letter was written to instruct and encourage the faithful. He contrasted the two types of wisdom. Envy and selfish ambition lead to disorder and evil practice. James 3:14, “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.” James understood God was the giver of all good things. James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” God’s wisdom is perfect and pure.
Writing about wisdom from God led me to the book of John this morning. John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” This has been a good reminder to seek God’s wisdom daily before I begin anything. Living in the moment means including God in those moments. Rethinking my priorities and listening to that still small voice of God has changed my thought process. Because God’s wisdom is perfect and pure, I experience His peace.
How are we wise and understanding each day?