Way to go! You have made it to Friday. Today we will wrap up our study of James 3.
17 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.
James is referring to godly wisdom in this verse. It is described as “pure” which comes from the Greek word “hagnos”. It means “divine wisdom, simple in its ethical character and absolute in its goodness”. It is then described as peace-loving. Godly wisdom brings peace to situations and relationships, not division and dissension. Would your wisdom be described as peace-loving?
James goes on to further describe this wisdom as “considerate, submissive and full of mercy”. Having wisdom that is submissive means putting other’s needs above your own. It means yielding to your desires in a particular situation to the desires the Lord has for you. Being submissive means you are not in control or in charge – is that difficult for you? Wisdom that is full of mercy is not judgmental. Do you bring mercy or judgment to the table when making decisions or working on a team?
The remaining characteristics of godly wisdom are “good fruit, impartial and sincere”. Impartial refers back to what we discussed in chapter 2 about favoritism. Being wise requires looking at situations and people objectively – from God’s perspective and not our own. It is seeing others and situations through His eyes. It is also being sincere. It is easy to determine if someone is being sincere or if he/she is simply telling you what you want to hear. Are you sincere in your interactions or do you tell people what they want to hear even when you feel something very different?
18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
As we approach the weekend, I want you to reflect on your relationships and circumstances in your life right now. Are you a peacemaker in them? Are you willing to put other’s needs above your own? How do you respond when you want to be in control or in charge? What relationship do you need to bring peace to in your life? What situation are you facing where you can show your godly wisdom by being a peacemaker? Seek the Lord and His wisdom in these relationships and situations and put it into action!
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- Greek definition from “The Key Word Study Bible”, AMG Publishers