But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3, verse 17.
The sermon topic on Sunday was John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in him shall have eternal life. It was the first time in my life that someone had broken down that verse (which really explains the entire Bible) into understandable chunks that each reveal the splendor and forever love of God. Later, when I read today’s verse I realized something. Stop me if I’m wrong, but couldn’t this verse from James 3 also work just fine as the one after John 3:16? God created us to share heaven, to be part of it now and forever. He did it selflessly, fully, and eternally because He is all pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive and full of mercy. Is it just me or do the two verses go together?
Later (again) I also thought a lot about the verse while writing this because yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. It has taken me years to be able to say that I miss him even though he died in 1997. Now that he’s gone, I can say that he was a good man who tried his best to be a good father, a hard worker, and a decent man. When he was here, Dad was peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, bearing good fruit, impartial and sincere. He was a good man while still being just a man. His flaws were my flaws and the flaws in my life are ones he would have understood. Yet he lives today because God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that men who believed in him would have eternal life.
Dad was an intellectual. He revered the human intellect, learning, and the process of learning. More than that, I think he enjoyed being part of things where people became better than they were. Dad liked to learn, teach, and do, and he liked combining those things in his work and his rest. I think it’s why he had the career he did, teaching people how to properly safely use guns and ammunition. Toward the end of his life, when the career was done, he couldn’t do many of the things he had always planned to do; cancer prevented it. Yet he still found time to contemplate wisdom, to put first things first and consider where he was headed. He told me that he didn’t want to die, but that he understood it and wasn’t afraid of it and that he knew heaven would be a good place. He knew it because Jesus’ wisdom is all pure, and given so that we might have eternal life. Happy birthday Dad.
Wise Jesus who gave all, thank You for Your eternal love.
Do you know someone wise?
Read the two verses again. What are they telling you?
How would you describe wisdom from heaven?