Verse of the Day and Devotion 8/3/2023

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Verse of the Day

August 3rd 2023

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. – James 3:17 ESV


Christ always sought wisdom from above before speaking and acting (see Mark 1:35). Thus, as Christians we should be constantly seeking this godly wisdom and applying it to our lives. What does it look like to have this wisdom from above?

Our motives for doing anything should reflect a desire to live like Christ and be in right relationship with God. Our Lord is Prince of Peace, and we have a duty to act as citizens of peace. If we speak gently, others are more likely to accept and understand God’s work and wisdom. But gentleness is not just about tone of voice. Remember the gentleness and patience with which Jesus dealt with children, sinners, and His apostles. Gentleness is a way of life (see Proverbs 15:1).

His wisdom is reasonable, which means there’s a willingness to yield to others. It may seem impossible to live a pure lifestyle while being reasonable and willing to yield, but the Bible says we must. It is necessary to yield to God daily with every decision we make. Anything or anyone that makes us cringe, wisdom from above tells us to look on them with mercy. Has not God shown us the greatest mercy of all? I’m sure many of us can list Galatians 5:22, the fruit of the Lord’s Spirit. When we use godly wisdom to discern what we should do, we will consider the fruits of our choices.

It might be strange to think that wisdom from above can be both “willing to yield” and “unwavering.” But don’t think of them as opposites. We must be bold enough to live unwaveringly as followers of Christ and good stewards of the earth, no matter the opposition. If something seems like wisdom to you, but causes you to be double-minded or deceitful, it cannot be wisdom from above. What we believe must match what we say. What we say must match how we behave. Otherwise, we misrepresent Jesus and the lifestyle we claim to live.

Let us focus only on Jesus to seek His wisdom from above so that our lives draw closer to Him.

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