Key Texts: James 3:17-18
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. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Increasingly these days I am tempted to turn off my TV and internet access – just to get a little peace from the reports of violence, racial tension, anti-Semitism, anti-Christian, anti-almost everything attitude that seems to be increasing. Whew!
Don’t misunderstand – I don’t intend to do it – partially for practical reasons, and partially because I believe a “head in the sand” attitude is the surest way to get into real trouble in a complex and troubled world. All I am saying is that I am tempted to turn a blind eye and ear to it all.
That’s why a scripture like the one I have selected today can bring comfort.
James reminds us that the “wisdom that comes from heaven,” which is anything but worldly wisdom, is
- First of all pure
- Full of mercy
- And good fruit
- And sincere
As I say; anything but “worldly”.
So, when you are tempted to tune out and just look the other way before you become too frightened or overwhelmed by the daily news – tune in to James’ reminder about the wisdom that comes from heaven.
It won’t make the world’s ills suddenly fade away.
It will, however, point you in the right direction – for the resources you need – to deal with them.