In the world but not of it

November 4, 2010

The one you feed…

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Who is wise and understanding among you? James 3:13-18

When we consider the topic of wisdom in the life of a believer and in our own life so often we think about knowledge and understanding. Both are very important but in the context in which James writes here, wisdom is spoken of as it relates to how that knowledge and understanding is lived out in our lives, in other words our behavior.

Look at the entire passage and notice the words and phrases that are in bold.

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.

For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure.

It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

In Galatians 5:19-26 the fruit of the Spirit is described and in a similar fashion we see words that refer to our inner thoughts and our outer actions.

This is the intent of God’s wisdom in our life, to transform us into the image of Christ. To get our lives to focus on Him and not the world, to feed on the Word and not to indulge in the attitudes and behaviors that will continue to chip away at us.

An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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