Scripture Reading James 3: 13 – 18
In Proverbs 15:2 the scripture says, “When wise people speak they make knowledge attractive, but stupid people sprout nonsense”. Wisdom is defined by Lockyor thus: “Wisdom is the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding! Wisdom as thought from the scripture follows from two great themes of the Ten Commandments, and the greatest commandments of Jesus. They are reverence to God our Creator and respect for all people everywhere. Wisdom is more than following the rules. No wonder our Lord Jesus Christ had this to say To the Pharisees: “Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for you tithe a tent of your spices – mint, dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provision of the law. Justice and Mercy and faithfulness, but there are things you should have done without neglecting the others”. Wisdom, therefore, is always acting according to the spirit of the Commandments and not looking for excuses not to do what is truly wise. Wisdom means being able to understand and have knowledge of any action, we take even before we took it. It also means having the courage to follow through with an action that is godly or reject that, which is ungodly. The question the Holy Spirit asks us today is “Are you wise?” if you are wise. then, you must prove it by your good iife. by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom (Verse 13).
In the household of faith, believers live with hateful feeling for one another, envy, bitter and jealousy. St. James says that such a believer is not wise, lie says that if your heart is filled with jealousy, bitterness and selfishness, do not sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. Such wisdom does not come dow n from heaven, it belongs to the world: it is unspiritual and it is demonic (Verse 15). The scripture says. “Where there is jealousy and selfishness there is disorder and every kind of evil” (Verse 16). A man who has these vices and says he is wise is a liar. Beloved in Christ, the race for our salvation is getting tougher by the day because the situations around make these vices readily available and seem to be rooted into our Christian culture. But the Holy Spirit says that we must embrace godly wisdom if we have to be heaven bond. This is what the scripture calls pure wisdom. Verse 17 of our reference puts it this way: “But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy”. Dear reader, the Holy Spirit asks you again, arc you a man or woman of wisdom? Today, wc arc called to carefully re-assess ourselves, our habits, attitudes, idiosyncrasies etc. I low do we sec others? What kind of measure do we employ when assessing others? Are you only interested in what concerns you, your welfare and careless about how your action impacts on others.
Do you ever condemn what others did. saying to yourself, or perhaps publicly that you can do better? What is the level of our reverence to God and all people everywhere?
Beloved, for you to impact positively on the lives of other people, as a man with Godly wisdom you must possess the characters of Jesus Christ. Godly wisdom brings harmony within ourselves, gives to us a sense of self worth and inner peace; it brings us in harmony with others because respect for our fellow man is the very essence of the commandments.
1. Take the Prayer of Self Surrender to God
2. Meditate on and pray with the following:
a. Reverence for God
b. Reverence for anyone that comes your way.
3. Repent for the many times you showed disrespect or disregard
4. Are you jealous, envious, and hateful? Pray seriously about it
5. Repent for the times you disrespect and hurt your spouse, relatives or children deliberately.
6. Repent for the times you spoke so disrespectfully about your Priest of Pastor (take this prayer seriously).
7. Thank God for another opportunity to start the year 2016 with 21 days of fasting and prayers. Ask for the grace to be part of it fully.