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Heavenly Wisdom... The Real Stuff

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace" (Jas.3:17-18).

In the very beginning of his letter, (1:5) James tells us this; "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." He adds that the wisdom God gives is the meekness (humility) of wisdom. It certainly seems as though true wisdom is a central theme of his epistle, and in the end James makes a stark contrast between earthly and heavenly wisdom... He implies something with a further question: Have your thoughts, words and deeds been resulting in strife or peace? If it is the former, some introspection is necessary, as one must look to the type of wisdom that is guiding him. When our learning comes from God and our wisdom is from above and it flows out in the words and behavior that James lists for us. Lets get to the seven (7) adjectives that he uses to describe godly wisdom. He says that godly wisdom is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.... WOW! Is this the complete package, or what? The wisdom that James commends follows closely on the heels of really knowing God and behaving in ways that we know will please Him. Because a better, more peaceful, satisfying and enjoyable life ensues, one would be foolish to not follow this pattern. It makes the equation for wisdom with goodness even more striking. Finally, James leaves us with one manifestation of wisdom which he gives special emphasis to in verse eighteen (18). In the end, we can gauge the degree to which godly wisdom has impacted our lives by the peace it produces within us and others around us. The REV translates verse eighteen (18) this way; "Peace is the seed-bed of righteousness, and peacemakers will reap its harvest." It kind of captures the idea, doesn't it.... We all must seek heavenly wisdom... Its the REAL STUFF....

Have a wonderful day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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