Wisdom from above
13 Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom. 14 However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above. Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic. 16 Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. 17 What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. – James 3:13-17 (CEB)
Ever mess up? I do. We all do. Ever wonder why sometimes you do the wrong thing? Most of the time it’s not a head problem, it’s a heart issue. I find when I screw things up, it’s usually based on emotion or motivation.
When I stop and confess my mess, I tend to find the Holy Spirit prodding me to dig deeper and consider my motivation. I also experience God’s grace, and God willing to help me clean up my misguided motivation. The author of James, gives a good clue as to where most of our misguided motivations come from, from the heart, and they are usually based in jealousy or selfish ambition.
So, where have you messed up lately? Know that God forgives and God’s grace abounds. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t dig deeper into motivations so that we can grow and mature. Every mistake is a learning opportunity. What can I learn from this?
Every mistake is a potential kairos moment for God to work on shaping and transforming you for the better.
Prayer: Lord, I’m going to mess up. When I do, I want to experience your grace, but continue to reveal to me my jealousy and selfish ambition. Show me a better way. Help me to move beyond my fears and need for self-preservation to the point of denying myself and serving others. Amen.