True Wisdom-2 - Monday March 10, 2014
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. James 3:17 NET
A second aspect of wisdom is that it is gentle. Other translations define it as "forbearing under provocation." This kind of wisdom forgives and bears with the weaknesses of others. People with this type of wisdom don't hold grudges or become bitter. They have a love that covers a multitude of sins. As parents, we often think about seeking to be gentle with our children, but do we also seek to be gentle with our spouses?
Another characteristic of wisdom is that it is accommodating-other translations say, "willing to yield, easily entreated." It describes a person who doesn't insist on her own way. It's a person who believes the best of others and sincerely hopes they will humbly receive correction. How challenging that can be when you are disciplining your child for the umpteenth time! Do I approach these situations with hope and compassion, or with frustration and irritation that I have to do this again?
Wisdom is full of mercy and good fruit. What would your day look like if you approached every situation, such as conflicts with your spouse or refereeing squabbles between your children, with a heart filled with mercy? How can that happen? It helps when I remember that I am saved by grace and have sinned against God. Then I can forgive and extend mercy to others. Loving our family in such a way will have a powerful influence and will help our children know what God's love is really like. This helps the children want to know our Lord as their Lord and Savior.
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