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
So many sources are vying to give us wisdom and guidance in our daily life. But we must take more than just the word from any source. As The Holy Spirit moved James to write in the middle of the first century, he helped his audience understand that there is a difference between earthly wisdom and wisdom from God. We looked at the first two characteristics last week.
Wisdom from above is gentle in nature. James’ audience probably had teachers who showed no signs of gentleness. Jesus was gentle to all who came to Him and taught gentleness through His actions. Though He demonstrated authority when overthrowing the money changers (John 2), He was seen as gentle as when the children were brought to Him. He took them up in His arms and blessed them. Those gifted by The Spirit to teach will do so with gentleness.
Lastly, how can we have wisdom? We need help with decisions; where do we go from here? A godly prayer partner will be easy to intreat and be honored to pray with you. But remember, your Lord Jesus Christ is also easy to be intreated.
Ask for wisdom, and The Lord will give you wisdom in His word and by His Spirit, which will always agree.
You may be fearful over that last doctor bill or the next mortgage payment. You are worried that you won’t have the funds to cover it. A thought comes to mind to where you can get the needed funds, but you know that it contradicts God’s word.
Trust Him. Seek wisdom from God. He will show you which way to go.
When Paul and his missions teams were on their second missionary journey, they needed to know which way to go. They exercised wisdom by praying and trusting their Lord, and He directed them. Remember, heavenly wisdom is taking God’s word and living by it. All who possess it will have the gentle spirit which James mentions here. Have a good day in The Lord!