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 reap a harvest of righteousness.
How do I know God’s direction? How do I know that the wisdom is from god? These are questions through often asked by many people.
James has been a dressing wisdom, and says that we should seek godly wisdom in all that we do.What is there a way that we can know the wisdom that we are hearing in our hearts and bargains is truly godly?
James in these verses scarcest some great measuring sticks to make sure that our wisdom is seeking to be the wisdom of God. It wisdom that promotes peace, love, and understanding.
Much like Paul dies, James gives a list that we can check our lives by, a mirror to see where we might fall short or need to seek God’s help to do better. This list includes, “pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
Pure: we may be fallen, but in Christ we are clean and new. We are called to do our best not to get back into sin. We can seek to live pure lives away from sinful activities. Paul instructed us to strive to live with, “not even a hint of immorality,” ( Eph. 5:3).
Peace-loving: We should ask ourselves if we are seeking peace, or stirring up trouble with our words and actions. There are some people who aren’t happy unless they are making others upset, or stirring up trouble.
Considerate: This is to think of others needs and perspectives over our own. When you make plans, decisions, and choices, who’s interest are you looking out for? Are you really out to help your selves, or to serve others?
Submissive: This means to humbly serve another in order to lift them up. I’m reminded of the song, “wind beneath my wings.” Are you helping others to soar, or using others to help yourself?
Full of mercy: Mercy forgives, it releases a person from obligation. This is not because they pay or even offer apology. It is because of our free gift to let it go. I’ve watch too many people destroy their lives over bitterness, because they can’t let go. Unfortunately many can’t even let go in their own heart toward themselves, so they can’t show mercy to others. God’s Spirit can help us overcome and show mercy.
Good fruit: is the fruit of the Spirit evident in your life?
See Galatians 5:22, for a similar list to James. These character traits are important to show the world Gods Spirit is dwelling in us.
Impartial: We must avoid discrimination which really is the heart of partiality. When we judge others, we are placing ourselves in God’s role. We should only judge others by mercy, love, and forgiveness, because God shows these to us. Jesus warns in Matthew 7:2, “as you judge, so you will be judge”. Here again the Golden Rule of Royal Law is a good protection, Love (or treat) others as you want to be treated yourself.
Sincere: we can’t fake living wisdom out in our everyday. We must be real and genuine, because if we are fake others will see through our shallow human effort. Sincere change of heart and action only comes through letting the Holy Spirit work on our heart and soul. We can only live it out sincerely and honestly if we are internally transformed. We will then not have to work at what is a natural part of our new life in Christ.
So, how are you doing today? Take time to examine your life, and let God transform you where it is needed.
God, please help us to be filled with Your love and mercy. Forgive us for not showing it to others on all things. Help us in our weakness. We ask in Jesus name. Amen.