17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.James 3:17
As we begin this day, may we take a moment and ask our Lord to help us to apply our hearts unto wisdom. The kind of wisdom that is from above. The wisdom that was with God in the beginning. Each Christian has this wisdom, which is completely different from what the world offers as we see James explain this in verses 14-16.
Yesterday, we looked at the purity associated with wisdom from above. Let us turn our attention to the next aspect of wisdom.
We notice from the text that the wisdom from above is peaceable. We certainly can see the peace that surrounded Jesus as He ministered here. Even when His enemies sought to kill Him, He had peace and responded with peace. An example of this wisdom is found in John’s gospel (18:1-9).
To live with wisdom is to promote peace. Christians, like Christ, will love peace. It will not be in the Christians heart to show off what they know or what they have just learned from a Sunday School class if it only serves to promote dissension.
Please be excited about what The Lord has revealed to you as you study His word! And in great humility, with love share that with others. For example, caution comes when one may hold a different view on how often to celebrate The Lord’s Supper. If you exercise wisdom from above, there will be a peaceful discussion on this topic. Pride is to have no part in the Christian life.
If you are sitting under a particular Bible teacher, ask yourself “Is he promoting peace with his point, or is he just showing us how much he knows?” Though there will be room for some brotherly discussion at times, does it remain peaceful? Or are we just observing the self-seeking teacher (v.16)?
Dear Christian, do you have wisdom from above? Ask our Lord to help you to apply that peacefulness in your life in all matters. May God bless you as you live for Him.