2 Corinthians 12:9a And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I am passionate about God’s word and sharing it with others. Whether in speaking or in writing, I want to always point others to the One who has given me the sufficient grace to overcome anything.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
13 Who is wise and understanding among
you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that
comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish
ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such
“wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For
where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every
evil practice.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. 18 Peacemakers
who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.(NIV)
I have been working my way verse, by verse through the
book of James and this passage struck me.I asked myself some pretty hard questions.Who among us is truly wise?Where are we getting our wisdom?Where am I getting my wisdom?What has me bitter, or better yet, what am I
I had not really thought about earthly wisdom before,
but according to James, this “wisdom” is truly demonic.Even if a person seems wise, if they are
speaking out of jealousy, or out of selfish ambition, then they are not
speaking life into a situation. They are
actually speaking from a perspective that is unholy.You will probably leave a conversation with
that person feeling worse about yourself or the situation.
According to James, wisdom from above comes from a
perspective of peace.It is gentle,
reasonable, full of mercy and without hypocrisy.Wisdom from above embodies the fruits of the
spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness and self-control.So if you are truly connected to and in
relationship with God, you have these fruits flowing through you.If you are living out the fruits of the Holy
Spirit Himself, then you are experiencing and expressing Godly wisdom.
is the spirit of which you speak coming from?Is it your own desire to be “right” in a situation, or is it your desire
to lift up and encourage another?Is it
your desire to be a peacemaker, or does selfish ambition get in the way of any
relationship, making peace an impossibility?Do you pride yourself on speaking the language of sarcasm, or do you
walk humbly and speak life to others?
If we are truly walking in relationship with Jesus,
and the fruits of the spirit are on full display in our lives, then Godly
wisdom will flow in and through us, therefore speaking life to others will be
natural. If we are not connected (daily)
with Jesus, then there can be only one alternative and that is we are connected
with the world.When connected with the
world, then worldly fruits will be on display.Bitterness, jealousy, envy and selfish ambition.
It is a choice. Today, will you speak life, or will
you speak something other than life?