Text: 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 raise a harvest of righteousness. [NIV84]
The Big Idea: The harvest is a little ways away….
When ordering eggs we are asked if we want them over easy or hard boiled or something in between; sometimes this is how we “order” wisdom…. But many people have to learn the hard way.
Lifestyle worshipers, have you been enrolled into the University of Hard Knocks? At the risk of sounding clichéd, is it making you bitter or better? For me, I would rather learn from someone else’s mistakes and avoid the proverbial potholes of life; however, I have found, in the Lord’s mercy, that learning the hard way drives the lesson home, penetrating my hardened jaded heart—softening it for the Master’s use. Have you found this to be the case, too? My grades, though improving, are pretty average at UHK. How about yours? I just have to remember the harvest is a little ways away….
Scriptures to Renew Your Thoughts
— Hebrews 12:11 (NIV84)
— Luke 9:23 (NIV84)
— Hebrews 5:8 (NIV84)
Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me for shunning the cross where Wisdom is fully comprehended. You embraced the cross for me and I should do no less as I follow in Your steps. Lead me in the paths of Righteousness for Your Name’s sake. In Your Name, Amen.