Google+ 07/29/13 Move In With God!

James 3:16-18

 

For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.

It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

 

As I have mentioned in previous devotions, James is considered to be the New Testament version of Proverbs.  James ends up being very wise, greatly because of the mistakes he made while living with Jesus as his half-brother.  James never accepted Christ as the Son of God until AFTER His resurrection.  Maybe that is why this portion of Scripture begins with the words "jealousy" and "self-ambition."   Notice the result of both of these emotions.  James says we are inviting disorder and evil of every kind.  Are we truly willing to admit that fact?  It may be hard to hear, but it is true.  Don't buy into the "health and wealth" gospel.  We are not all basically good.  We are terrifically evil by nature.  James goes on to tell us how to combat this evil nature.  We all need to adopt God's wisdom which is pure, peaceful, loving, and gentle.  This wisdom is the opposite of pride and allows us to yield to others, when necessary and Godly.  The longer I live and minister, the more I cherish peace.  Peace is not sleeping all day or being by ourselves.  Peace does not necessarily mean quiet.  Peace means living in love and gentleness and outside of constant conflict.  The closer I get to God, the less tolerant I am of turbulent people.  These people are those that do not share God's wisdom.  They make every situation about them and not about God.  Here I come with the great Christian paradox once again!  Christ says that if you want something for yourself as you live for Him, you must first give it away.   The world thinks this is backwards, as the worldly philosophy is "what's in it for me?"  Be wise in God.  His wisdom is pure and not self-serving.  Follow Christ in all that you do.  How do I achieve peace?  We must remove ourselves from turbulent people who are selfish.  How do we do it that?  I can sum it up in one phrase.  Move In With God!