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10/25/2012

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After Wisdom - What?


"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously without finding fault, and it will be given to him" (Jas.1:5).

I will admit to reading this scripture many times. You have probably heard it used in many sermons, as I know that I've used it a lot. So.... We've heard a preacher suggest to us that we pray for wisdom, and we even go to the verse and check it out. "Yep! That's what it says." What then? Well, James does not just leave us with that verse and stick us on an island with nothing else. "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom" ( 3:1.... my underlining ).... Again, James is telling us to let our actions speak louder than our words, but this time within the context of wisdom. We demonstrate the wisdom that we have asked for in prayer by our good life and deeds done in humility. I look at some of the members of our congregation and see this very kind of wisdom being carried out in their Christian service. "Serve the Lord with gladness" (Psa.100:2). James gives us one more fantastic characteristic of wisdom that would be good for us to read and meditate upon.... "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 raise a harvest of righteousness" (3:17-18). Wow!!!!! How wonderful would it be if our congregations were filled with people that demonstrated the wisdom that they had prayed for by their good life and deeds. Moreover, and even greater... How wonderful would it be to fellowship with a group that demonstrated the wisdom that comes from heaven... A wisdom that is peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful and fruitful, impartial and sincere.... We should all feel better knowing what God wants us to do with the wisdom that He is willing to give to us... I know I do... How about you?

Have a great day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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