In the book of Hebrews, we are told that God’s word is alive and active…that it is. Two weeks ago I read the book of James, then yesterday I read again and it spoke differently to me. How is that? I suppose that is the alive and active part grows, adapts and changes to what we need at any given time in our life. The Holy Spirit guides us as we dig into the word.
When we are humble, and seeking for what the Lord has for us to grow, the word of God will speak, we need only listen for him. Be still, and know. How many times have I read about the tongue, a horse, steering of a ship and fire in James 3? I taught on it. Yet it still has a new lesson for me. A lesson on humility, a lesson on wisdom and a lesson on gentleness. If you have not read James in a while, go and read it. It is not a long book.
What words spoke to me differently this time than in the past? Verse 13 “Who is wise and understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness.” (HCSB)
As I praise and worship my Father with my mouth, I pray not to be cursing my brother or sister with the same. I pray my actions and my words show wisdom’s gentleness as I go about my life. May my worship and praise to the King be reflected in my life and in my actions.
Perhaps since our ladies group this year is seeking to “Gain a Heart of Wisdom” those words just jumped out at me. Earlier this summer, I looked up all sorts of verses on wisdom. There are many! This verse was not on my list. Perhaps is was timely, wisdom’s gentleness, I planted that seed in my head, wisdom’s gentleness. I want my speech to be seasoned with gentleness. I kept reading those words, and I believe they took root when I needed them to act. Living and active, God’s word ~ Yes, it is!
I have been contemplating my word for 2017, I thought it would be joy, but now I am thinking it may be gentleness. The Holy Spirit is always working on my heart, for that I am thankful. God is so good, don’t you think? His grace and gentleness abounds.
I pray you bask in his grace and gentleness as you enter into this holiday season.
As you look at Christmas, look at it simply, look at it as it is; a wonderful gift of love to you from a gracious Father.