September 23rd – James 3:18

James 3:18

Relationships are hard. And right now we are living in divisive times marked by anger, hatred, and even violence. But such ways don’t bring people together, or change one another’s opinion. And Christians need to stay out of the fray, instead sowing seeds of peace and producing fruits of righteousness. How? By setting aside the flawed, selfish, jealous, me-first, wisdom of the world. And instead apply the wisdom from above. For godly wisdom is, “pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy, and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17) We’ve all heard the phrase, “Do you want to be right, or happy?” With God we can have both. But it’s important to always check our motives and attitudes when dealing with others. Are we examples of God’s love and grace? Are we sharing God’s truth in love and humility, or are we using the Bible as a weapon; proving others wrong and justifying our own actions?

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