BCL Grow: Wisdom — James 3:17-18
James 3:17-18 (Sanctification)
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. — James 3:17-18
“All the fruit we are called to bear imitates the very character of God. God is the author of joy, He is kind and gentle, and if anyone can be said to be patient, it is God. He is not quick to anger. He is not hasty to judge. He is forbearing, and He gives people time to turn to Him. We are to emulate Him in His patience. — R. C. Sproul, Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology, p. 206.
Steps to Take
1. Ponder: James is addressing conflict, which is often caused by an uncontrolled tongue. He contrasts it with wisdom from above that God gives to his people—wisdom that brings peace, patience, and good fruit.
2. Remember: As God grants us his wisdom from above which is peaceable and gentle, so we should strive to bring grace to those who hear and see us.
3. Rejoice: We have a patient, kind, and loving God who graciously gives us his wisdom even in the face of trials and suffering. Rejoice that by faith in Christ Jesus God gives his Word and his Spirit to those who believe, bearing fruit in love for him and for one another.
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