Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Do You Have Godly Wisdom?

17-18 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.  James 3:17-18 The Message

James 3 verses 17 and 18 provide us with a check list that helps us to answer the question, “do I have Godly wisdom?”  The adjectives are listed in priority.  Some translations use pure and peaceable for the first two traits.  If a holy life is characterized by getting along with others it would stand to reason that when it pertains to the one that I have covenanted to love and cherish the term means a whole lot more than just “getting along with”.  I recognize that for some married couples just getting along would be an upgrade.  A Godly marriage is not merely characterized by getting along but truly loving our partner as much as we love ourselves.  According to the passage this is where wisdom begins.

Peaceable is described as gentle and reasonable.  Would my partner describe me as gentle and reasonable?  Gentle meaning mild and kind or would she say that there are too many times when I am critical, abrasive and uncaring in my approach to her?  As for reasonable am I more often than not rational and sensible and/or do I expect or demand more than is possible?

Am I overflowing with mercy and blessings, i.e. passionate and forbearing?  Would my wife describe me as a blessing?  Am I moody (hot and cold)?  Verse 18 ends with the caveat that if want to have a healthy and robust “community” (which I translate as marriage) I must treat my wife with dignity and honor.

This is one of many Biblical passages that can make me feel uncomfortable.  Jesus was a no nonsense kind of a guy.  He did not back down, water down or dumb down His message to make people feel comfortable and neither does the totality of God’s Word.

We are continually challenged to grow, to change, and to become more like the Son.  Home is a good place to start.

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