Lesson 14

James 3:17-18

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. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (NIV)

Anything that comes from God is pure. Then why wouldn’t His wisdom be, too? Any words that come from our Lord are pure and cannot be bad for us. Wisdom is what we are all called to find and seek for. When we do, we obtain pure strength and guidance. There cannot be any corruption or impurities with anything from God. We should prefer peace over war. There should not be any delight in fighting whether it is verbal or physical. We should be considerate of others and not always wanting our wants and desires to be on the forefront. Thinking of others should be a top concern for us. We should be submissive to authorities and not always arguing with them when they enforce that speeding ticket. We should be full of mercy to others instead of wanting them “to pay” for what they have done. We should be showing good fruit such as joy, love, patience, self-control, and the ability to tell others about Christ. We should be impartial in matters of dispute instead of taking sides which cause heartache and relationship damage. We should be sincere in our love and mercy to others instead of doing for how it looks to others and how it makes us feel good.

When you think that you have wisdom and you arrived “there” in your spiritual walk, read verse 17 and see if you exhibit this wisdom. Do you mercy? Do you produce good fruit? Do you exhibit submission? Are you considerate? Are you a peacemaker? Verse 18 says that when you practice peacemaking you reap a huge harvest that is righteous. What more could you ask for from that?

Are you willing to exhibit these characteristics? Are you willing to take the time to take in God’s wisdom? Take one from this list and write down how you can act on it today, this week. How can you bring that characteristic to be so intertwined in your life that no one can see you without seeing it?