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Being A Wise Person - Live A Good Life

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by living his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom..." (Jas.3:13).

As we take a look this week at what it takes to be a wise person, we don't even have to leave Jas.3:13. My premise for the week revolves around the first part of the verse... "Who is wise and understanding among you." The question is so important because it plumbs the very depth of our lives. We all want to have the wherewithal to make good decisions in our lives. The making of these good decisions certainly revolves around wisdom. Early in his reign, God appeared to Solomon in the night and posed this question; "Ask for whatever you want me to give you" (2 Chron.1:7). Here is Solomon's answer; "Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?" (Vs.10). Was God impressed with this request? "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given to you..." (Vs.11-12) You bet He was!!!!! If we take a look at the 2nd part of today's verse, James hits a home run about what it means to both attain wisdom and use it properly... "Let him show it by living his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom." James points out that true wisdom comes from above, and it is wise to be good and foolish to be bad... There are many smart people out there in the world that are just brimming with knowledge. Knowledge that is proud and conceited will not do the good things or live the good life it is supposed. I find the key word written by James about the good life one is to live, to be humility. I will finish this devotional with words from the apostle Paul. "Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: 'He catches the wise in their craftiness', and again, 'The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile...' " (1 Cor.3:18-20). The person who gets wisdom from above, lives a good life shown by deeds done in humility...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit (that shows wisdom ) Love mark Phil.4:11

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