Today in God’s Word
Numbers 20; Psalm 58-59; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; James 3
“16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:16–18, ESV)
The passage on wisdom from above follows the taming of the tongue and it cannot be without purpose. We know that the tongue reveals what is in the heart (Luke 6:45) and that this tongue is able to start a raging fire or to calm a storm (Jas 3:5-6). Here James contrast worldly wisdom with wisdom from God and he makes it clear that one is selfish and one is far from that.
Does my tongue reveal that I am buying the world’s wisdom or God’s? Does my tongue reveal selfish ambition or peace and sincerity? Am I a peacemaker or a self-serving go-getter? Am I full of mercy and good fruit? Let us consider our speech and reflect upon our hearts and may the Lord grant us to be wise that our hearts would pour forth purity and not vileness. May we renew our minds for transformation by God rather than conform to the world (Rom 12:1-2)!
Soli Deo Gloria!