Monday, 26 September 2011

James - Faith produces Wisdom

James 3 v 13-18

Vs 13:  Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
Your faith in Christ produces wisdom, Godly wisdom.  And Godly wisdom grows understanding.  And if you have Godly wisdom and understanding, then you WANT to do good works, for His glory and not your own.

Vs 14-15:  But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don't brag about being wise.  That is the worst kind of lie.  (15) For jealousy and selfishness is not God's kind of wisdom.  Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and motivated by the devil.

Have you ever come across someone like that?  "I am wise, everyone says so", or "look, I am a person of discernment...", etc.  If you need to say so then, sorry, you are not!  That is not God's wisdom.  That is motivated by the devil.  God's wisdom does not brag about its good deeds.  God's wisdom is quietly strong and points attention to Christ, not his or herself.

V 16:  For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every kind of evil.
This verse speaks of self.  What I want, what I don't have.  This is not wisdom.

So, if we have faith, we will start to display God's wisdom - which is:
What fruit is your faith producing?
V 17:  But the wisdom that is from above is first
  • pure
  • then peaceable
  • gentle
  • willing to yield
  • full of mercy
  • and good fruits
  • without partiality
  • and without hypocrisy
God bless

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  1. Hello there, great post as usual. Love the fruit basket.

  2. Thanks for this posting. Ik moet nog een heleboel leren!

  3. "God's wisdom is quietly strong and points attention to Christ, not his or herself." very true. Thanks for this, Tracy!

  4. Tracy, Beautiful way to start the week focused on the fruit that Godly wisdom produces in our lives. Fruit that is impartial, without hypocrisy, and merciful.... Amen!!

  5. Hi Stefanie - thank you, it appealed to me too.

    Hi Jedidja - I need to learn a lot too

    Hi Eileen - for me, that is part of true Godly wisdom.

    Hi Deb - amen, great summarising.

    Thank you ladies for your comments. they always bless me
    God bless

  6. Tracy, great encouragement. I want to have Godly wisdom.

  7. Godly wisdom points to God, not to us. Great encouragement, Tracy. Many blessings!

  8. Hi Tracy, as always good spiritual meat to chew on your post. Blessings to you & your family.

  9. Tracy,

    I love v13, Having Godly wisdom and understand makes us want to do good works, so true Tracy.

    Blessings to you!

  10. I have fully experienced this: And if you have Godly wisdom and understanding, then you WANT to do good works, for His glory and not your own.

    I've been on both sides -- having and not having and I am so, so glad that I now have more often than not.

  11. Oh how I need God's peace-making wisdom.

  12. Hi Tracy - I loved what you said about God's wisdom not pointing to oneself, but always pointing to Christ.

    I am blessed through your posts on the book of James.

  13. Hi Jenifer - thank you, and I want it too :)

    Hi Lisa - thank you and many blessings to you too.

    Hi Wanda - thank you and many blessings to you and yours

    Hi Kandi - V13 is great and when you see someone "doing" in this manner, you recognise God's wisdom
    I've been missing you :)

    Hi Jen - its the growing from glory to glory. Being more on the right side of that equation.

    Hi Shannon - me too. I want more peace, His peace.

    Hi Joan - thank you, you bless me too.

    God bless lovely ladies. I really enjoy all your comments and they mean a lot to me.



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