He purifies the heart by faith; and faith, working by love, conforms to Christ; and Christ loved makes all to follow in beautiful obedience; for when "we love Him, we keep His commandments": and when we keep His commandments, we walk in purity and peace. It not only sets us on the way, but puts us in the possession of true happiness at last. 1. How do we know it when we see it? In doing good things in general. A man like this dominates every discussion, uses sarcasm to put others down, and demands to be the center of attention in every room he enters. When a man is full of mercy in this sinning, suffering world, a stream of benevolence will be found flowing in his track, all through the wilderness. The necessity of asking this wisdom from God himself. “Wisdom that comes from heaven . No man can be wise without being honest. With nothing more than air pressure forcing the water out at 1400 PSI, the power washer stripped away 15 years of grime, gunk, mildew, mold and dirt. Eventually he had to tell the congregation what had happened. SHOW THE IMMEDIATE PRACTICAL POWER AND INFLUENCE OF THIS DIVINE WISDOM WHEN THUS RECEIVED BY ANY MAN IN HIS SOUL. James 3:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 3:17, NIV: "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." That’s better, isn’t it? It means that he can be won over by fair means and sound argument. Such who are wickedly wise are wise to do evil; but such who are spiritually wise are "wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil" (Romans 16:19); and these are capable of doing things both for their own good and for the good of others. Mercy is more than a feeling. I told him that in 45 years of ministry, only a handful of people had ever admitted to me they struggle with “the green monster.” We will confess almost any sin before we will confess envy or jealousy because it makes us look so small. You could be the smartest person in the world and still be a fool. Strange measure of forbearance this! I. ... Weekly sermon email Subscribe for free. It is not obstinate, unbending, implacable. Not contentious. But in Jm 3:13-18, we learn that there is more than just one kind of … By "the law of liberty" is meant the gospel, whose principles and precepts form a rule of life now, and will be the rule of reward hereafter. 2. It comes from being reasonable. In this respect its possessors have the mind of Him whose ear is open to the cry of sinners, rebels, and who is always standing waiting to be gracious — ready to pardon. It is easy to be entreated or persuaded to put up with affronts, to condescend to men of low estate, and not mind high things. But "then peaceable." “Wisdom that comes from heaven is . WHEREIN THIS WISDOM PRACTICALLY SHOWS ITSELF. He that walketh uprightly walketh surely.IN CONCLUSION it follows: 1. Note James 3:13: Who is wise and understanding among you? is full of mercy and good fruit.”. It is unwavering, without [self-righteous] hypocrisy [and self-serving guile]. B. James wrote from the perspective of a Jewish Christian. David Platt. It corresponds to the "meekness of wisdom" spoken of in a preceding verse. Read verse in New International Version "Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus", Copyright © 2020 Keep Believing Ministries. Here is its beautiful order: here is the process that works in the soul. I have seen a dog tried in this fashion: his owner took a full dish of finest human food from the table, as it had been prepared for the family, and set it before him, encouraging him by word and gesture to eat. How do you respond under pressure? All the fallen are in need, and all alike. (2) No partiality for peoples. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace. Then when you pray the Lord will answer. “It was a miracle of God,” the pastor said. But surely, even in doctrinal matters, we are to be peaceable with a view to purity, as well as pure for the sake of peace. Against nothing did Jesus lift up His voice in more clear and terrible notes than against hypocrisy, which was a crying sin among the Jews. It is "full of mercy and good fruits." The heavenly wisdom shall be its own reward in heaven. Purity is the fundamental characteristic of everything that is from above." Text: James 3:14-16 Sermon Series: Pressure Points (James) Sermon 4 Keys to Wise Living. 1. Point 1: Overcome Impatience at Wrongs in the World By Remembering that Justice Is Coming (James 5:7-8) “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Peaceable. Two constant demands of a child of God are a positive attitude and appropriate action. Mercy to the full — an absolutely unconditional pardon to the guilty is in human governments inconsistent with the public good. And so we read in the Epistle to the Hebrews of chastisement yielding "the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." If you have to threaten, you lose. 1. "He that believeth shall not make haste." James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. The heavenly wisdom deprecates disputatious debate, and labors to quench animosities. . We all need the “power washing” of the Holy Spirit from time to time. Aren’t you glad God does not deal with us according to our iniquities? Let’s flip that statement around into something positive: “Life is hard, but it’s easier when you have God’s wisdom.”. Text: James 3:17-18 Sermon Series: Pressure Points (James) Sermon Heart Disease in the Body of Christ. It is pure. We carry layers of bitterness, frustration, doubt and despair that cling to the soul and produce a kind of discoloration that normal washing will not remove. If he doesn’t help us, we’ll descend into a dark pit of violence, greed, hatred, malice and backbiting. 6. Revealed truth—the wisdom that is from above—is "first pure, then peaceable." Nov 1, 2009. sermon. Her pastor went to visit her to see how she was doing. In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, we are encouraged to seek after wisdom - Pr 3:13-18; 4:7-9 2. A young man who had used for his own purposes a hundred pounds of his employers' money, as it was passing through his hands, fold me in the narrow prison-cell where he was dreeing his punishment, that at the same time in the same city men were going at large and living in splendour, who had notoriously committed the same crime, but prudently committed it on a larger scale than he. Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. Matthew 5:9 Then bless others. It is a principle of the gospel that he who gets mercy shows mercy. 1. Living like this demands the grace of God. THE NEW CREATURE — the work of the Spirit in believers — Is "FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS." 2. 7. Righteousness lies at the foundation of all that is beautiful in character. Yet, James urges us to consider the power of the tongue. 14:30). This wisdom cometh from God, who gives it entrance, and puts it there (Proverbs 2:6). There never was dissension between two friends, never a rupture in any Church, never a rebellion in any State, never a war between two countries, never a wicked controversy of any kind which did not have its origin in some impurity of soul. 6. It is peaceable. The mercy which has its spring here, not only flows but overflows. It refuses to listen and has no desire to hear anyone else’s opinion. These plants, though not now indigenous in human nature, may, when transplanted, and watched, and watered, grow there, and bear substantial fruit. In His approach to you there was first purity and then peace; therefore, as an echo answers to the sound that waked it, the same two in the same order will characterise your approach to Him. It is pure in both senses —(1) Pure in principle: the darkness gives way to the light: we are "brought out of darkness into marvellous light"; we are "translated from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God's dear Son." IT IS PEACEABLE. Purity comes first because without it, nothing else on this list matters. The good news is, if we ask for wisdom, God will not hold back. Read verse in The Message Bible shall come home with shouts of joy, Just as works showed us what kind of faith we have (James 2), so also works show what kind of wisdom we have. They yell when they should listen. That’s when the surprises started. These two constitute a pair; they are connected by a link of peculiar significance and power. Sign up for our emails and use it to grow in your faith as well as to encourage others. How are they (and we) to handle the pressures of devastating health or financial problems, loneliness, manipulative relationships, or the daily frustrations that pile up and so easily lead their (our) gaze away from the pres… Christ could not be the wisdom of God if He had not been the holiness of God, and we can never be wise if we are not pure. Faith Submits. Without partiality. Because he is at peace with God, he is at peace within himself, and he brings an atmosphere of peace with him. That there is a wide difference between the religion here described and that of many who bear the Christian name. How has God treated you? Knowledge refers to the accumulation of facts. Pure. In relation to God. But the wisdom that is from above Which has God for its author; which is infused into the soul by the Spirit of God; and leads into the knowledge of things that are above, of heavenly things; and which only is true wisdom and knowledge; and those who are possessed of it are the only true Gnostics; for which, (See Gill on James 3:13) namely, the grace of God: … James 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. It leads him to deal mildly with the broken heart, and even to use meekness towards "such as oppose themselves.". David Platt. (18) Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Some sins are harder to deal with than others. 5. If someone hurts your family, you make sure to teach them a lesson. The character of Jesus Christ our Model in our endeavors after it. Anyone can gain knowledge, but only God can give you wisdom. IT IS FREE FROM ALL HYPOCRISY. Living this way is not easy because peacemakers are often misunderstood. This sermon is part of a series called James on Practical Christianity and has been entitled 'Seven Marks of a Good Church' - James 3:17 List by Date A to Z by Topic Accustomed in the moral department of human things to a continual state of siege, we have contracted a corresponding habit of suspicion. “Wisdom that comes from heaven . Itself genuine and true, it prompts and inclines to strict and consistent honesty in speech, and conduct, and profession. He has just celebrated thirty years with his congregation. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. . 4. 5. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. THE NATURE AND PROPERTIES OF THIS WISDOM. James 3:17-18 – July 15, 2017. James 3:17-18 gives us seven marks of God’s wisdom: “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. It is peaceable: it influences the professors of it to be at peace among themselves and one another, to cultivate peace in families, among neighbours, and even with enemies. We live in an unmerciful world where vengeance is the watchword. To sacrifice truth to peace is perfidy to God and treachery to Christ. 6. THE NEW CREATURE — the work of the Spirit in believers — Is "WITHOUT PARTIALITY, AND WITHOUT HYPOCRISY." How foolish, sinful, and contrary to our holy religion are all uncharitable principles and practices! If you keep your cool, you can’t lose.”, Traffic backs up on the freeway. This poem, using the words of James, expresses "wisdom that comes from heaven" (James 3:17) rather than wisdom that is "earthly, unspiritual, of the devil" (James 3:15). It is cherished, not toward a narrow circle of objects, but one large and stretching far beyond those barriers which limit the sympathies of many. It is pure in itself and in its effects; productive of purity of heart, life, and conversation. "Without hypocrisy;" perfectly sincere always really being what it seems and professes. To be “without hypocrisy” means what you see is what you get. It is ranked by Paul among the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). He and his wife shared a story of a church discipline case that involved marital unfaithfulness. And in a very deep sense, we sow seeds of peace by being faithful to God over the long haul. (3) And then, as it is pure in doctrine, it is pure also in its power and transforming efficacy on the affections, and on all the moral properties of the soul. What have we here? "Peace" is the congenial soil in which this wisdom takes root and grows; the seed "sown" is the precious Word of God; they "that make peace" are the spiritual farmers who scatter it in hope; and "righteousness" is the blessed harvest which shall reward their toil. ... James 1:1-4 – October 13, 2014. Neither is it one-sided in its attachment to truth and duty. The contrivance of salvation was from above. James 3:17 View Full Chapter 17 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. Applied to the spiritual life, it means you tell the truth the first time. It is "gentle." James 3:17,18. It is full of mercy and good fruits: it fills men with compassion to those in distress, and puts them upon acts of beneficence to the poor, according to their ability. It is peaceable, because it is pure. Lord, give me grace to reply gently when I feel like blowing my top. Sermon Bible Commentary. What a difference it makes to walk a mile in their shoes. Yes; such is His longsuffering condescension. Can you discuss your deep convictions without losing your temper? Wisdom of the World (3:14-16) Because God is pure, everything that comes from him is pure. It is very possible to destroy the best-laid scheme by an ill-seasoned execution. Advent. As I was power washing from one plank to another, the thought came that all of us are like an old wooden deck. 1. When it is said that "the wisdom from above is full of mercy," we learn that it is not implacable and parsimonious, but clement and liberal; not resentful and grudging, but forgiving and bountiful.