But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
Life is what happens while you are busy making plans. – John Lennon
When I think of this scripture I think of the many decisions I have made which gave me bad outcomes and those which wasted my time. This scripture gives us an idea as to how we should make decisions. When our thoughts and ideas come from God, we can say that they are divine wisdom: coming from a place of purity. They lead to peace, and are gentle to our surroundings. They can be judged, which means they are logical and offense free. They should also be a catalyst for good. Our decisions based on God’s divine direction ought to be rich in gentleness, and mercy, not bringing harm or fear to anyone.
WWJD? What Would Jesus DO?
These are the words of Jesus: “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (John 5:30) God, the father sent His only Son to be the savior of humanity. And God, the Son gave His life for us, nobody took His life:but He laid it down. It is quite the mystery to try to make 100 percent sense of the trinity, but what matters of all things is that God’s holy spirit testifies to our human spirit that we are the children of God. Those without God’s spirit cannot understand, our convictions in God and His Word, which we hold so dear to us. Wisdom isn’t about logic, intelligence or knowledge; and not even understanding.We definitely cannot learn wisdom from someone else, nor a book. And even though experience is valuable in getting wisdom, it is not guaranteed. For example, we can go through situations where our wrong decisions taught us nothing!!
The bible says that wisdom begins when we have fear of God. This fear is not a ‘be afraid of God’ type fear, but it is rather a “respectful acknowledgement of God’s holiness at all times” type of fear. If we stop to think what would Jesus do, we will make great decisions. We do not always stop to ask ourselves ‘WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?’, trust me, I KNOW! But we should. For example, let’s say that someone curses us out, and we stop to think WWJD… we will not reciprocate that person’s behavior. We would love and pray for our enemies, as Jesus would. If we are in a situation, where our human nature’s reaction is to be afraid or anxious, and we stop to think WWJD we would certainly trust that God has this under His control. And for situations where it seems ludicrous to consider Jesus, we would use the wisdom that James speaks about. Let’s say you are looking for an apartment, you can think WWJD but if you are like me you will make a joke of it: Jesus said that he didn’t even have a stone to lay his head on, so I’ll just be a wanderer. So that wouldn’t be helpful, so then you should consider:
- Will I harm someone by moving here
- Would I cause someone to stumble
- Is this a threat to my church attendance as a congregating member
- Am I being stubborn or hasty in my decision making
Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and your mercy. I thank you for a sound mind, and an able agile body. I pray for all believers, so that you may in dwell us with reverence for your name and your word. May we be filled with wisdom and discernment, may we learn to rest in your wisdom, and not depend on our logic or self wisdom. i pray you direct and straighten our paths, and stop us from all things that may lead us away from you into perdition, in Jesus name, Amen.