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The Fruit of Wisdom

Choosing God's wisdom brings His peace to challenging circumstances and relationships. James 3:13-18

The world claims to know the path to a successful and rewarding life: ambition, education, wealth, public recognition, power, and influence. But human wisdom is foolishness in God’s eyes (1 Cor. 3:19). While it may feel risky to set aside our own reasoning, the benefits of walking in God’s wisdom are great.

Divine wisdom could be defined as seeing life from the Lord’s perspective and responding accordingly in reliance on His strength. Then we are able to stand firm in our faith and choose His way. If we are to graciously submit to the hardships God allows, it is essential that we have His viewpoint (James 1:2-4).

Wisdom is especially needed in our relationships. If we act out of bitter jealousy and selfish ambition, then we are operating with worldly wisdom, and the results will be disorder, animosity, and conflicts. In contrast, God’s wisdom is pure, peace-loving, gentle, reasonable, merciful, and genuine (James 3:14-17). When our responses reflect these qualities, we’ll reap righteousness along with peace in our relationships. What do your interactions with others reveal about your source of wisdom? Are you growing more Christlike or following worldly ways?

Credit to InTouch Ministries

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