Thursday, February 6, 2014

40 Day Retreat with Jesus- Day 6

Still in the book of James, today we are reading James 3:13-18. I'm reading in my compass study Bible and The Voice translation. 

James 3:13-18
 Who in your community is understanding and wise? Let his example, which is marked by wisdom and gentleness, blaze a trail for others. If your heart is one that bleeds dark streams of jealousy and selfishness, do not be so proud that you ignore your depraved state. The wisdom of this world should never be mistaken for heavenly wisdom; it originates below in the earthly realms, with the demons. Any place where you find jealousy and selfish ambition, you will discover chaos and evil thriving under its rule. Heavenly wisdom centers on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy, and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy. The seed that flowers into righteousness will always be planted in peace by those who embrace peace.
In this passage, James is explaining wisdom, what it is to be wise, and the difference between worldy wisdom and Godly wisdom. For additional understanding of this passage, I viewed some study notes here: http://rondaniel.com/library/59-James/James0313.html

Many people think that someone is wise simply because they're well-spoken, educated, and maybe even older. However, James explains that worldy wisdom looks like Godliness, and wise people are not arrogant or defensive about their knowledge, as that wisdom is likely not from God, but from the Earth. In the study mentioned above, it is explained that when looking to make a decision, understanding which kind of wisdom being applied is essential. We all want to apply Godly wisdom in our lives, and as such, a decision made out of Godly wisdom won't be contentious or self-seeking, but it will be peaceful and sure. 

I believe this falls in line with praying for God's guidance in making decisions and living a God-led life. My husband and I have made many decisions and we've always turned to God and prayer when we've been at a crossroads. I believe this is using Godly wisdom, and I believe that decisions made with God in mind are rarely, if ever, a wrong decision. 

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