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But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason,
full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
Open to reason and full of mercy
God clearly tells us that we are to get wisdom. And then he goes on to tell us what wisdom is. He doesn’t say, once you’ve got it do this...., because I think he must know that we are going to need a lifetime to make sure we have it and keep it.
To be full of mercy alone is a big job, let alone all the other things listed in this one verse of James.
If I want my walk through life to emulate Jesus...and I do, then I need to cultivate these qualities of wisdom from above.
I am finding myself studying these kinds of verses more often since we have been in lock-down.
People are acting out in fear, and anger, and hatred, and ignorance.
There’s so much information and much of it is contradictory.
It’s hard to understand what to do or how to act.
Do I wear a mask? Can I hug my grandchildren? Can I get my hair done?
Can I bring a gun to the courthouse steps?
Can I scream obscenities at people who don’t think, or act, or look like me?
And then I read James and it all comes down to wisdom from above.
First pure and then peaceable...
Peaceful can be applied to a person or an object and means at peace.
Peaceable, can only be applied to a person and means inclined to try to keep the peace.
In other words, we have some responsibilities here.
We can’t just take a deep breath, inhale-exhale, and move on.
God has given us a job.
He doesn’t tell us to have wisdom. He tells us to get it.
He wants us reaching for it, grasping, searching, learning, studying
God calls us to love one another,
He calls us to wait on him,
And he calls us to get wisdom from above.
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