Scripture: James 3.
(What is God saying here?)
James 3:16-18 (NLT)
16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
It seems like today there is so much strife, envy, gossip, and evil going around that we could easily say that Satan is very much at work in the lives of many, especially those that are not solidly fixed on Christ. While it is so unfortunate for us to give Satan room to wiggle into our ‘world’ and wreak havoc and destroy our witness, it even has a much more negative effect on those that Christians are trying to win to the Lord or encourage a closer walk with Him. Satan has a field day when we let our guard down and allow him to sneak into our lives, even though this may never have been our intention. As verse 16 reminds us, there is disorder of every kind when this happens. A key point though is that this is all fixable, because verse 17 tells us that wisdom from above/God’s wisdom, is pure. In other words there is no flaw in it, and we can depend on that wisdom to help us do what is right in God’s sight. We are even taught the side effects of taping into that wisdom, for we will see peace loving actions; gentleness at all times; allowing others to have their say or even have the last say (yielding to them); overflowing with mercy and good deeds; no sign of favoritism and always evident that our actions are from our heart (sincere). The great news friends, is that as we plant this kind of peace we will reap a harvest of God’s righteousness (verse 18). Often I believe we feel trapped inside our world of wrong doing, but I am convinced that there is no need for us to feel helpless, for all these great qualities come from God, and we have open access to our Master, our King and our Lord. There is a verse that says “seek Him while He is near” and I want to remind us of the words of a great little song, that “He is closer than the mention of His name”!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, I know that we are living in the last days, before Your second coming. This is really no time for us to mess up and destroy our witness for You and breakdown the righteousness made possible because of Your sacrifice on the cross. Please forgive me where I have failed You, and forgive me when I have not readily called on You when I realized that a situation may have been worse than I could handle on my own. You are so close, and so willing to hear my cry and help me through my weakest times. Please help me to always call on You first and not wait until I have already allowed the weakness of this world to seep into my life and my actions. Lord, may others see Your presence and Your power very evident in my life this week, so that they may be convinced of the decision they need to make in knowing You. May I not be a stumbling block to anyone, but offer a helping hand to know my Savior.
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