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Thursday, February 22: The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure

Faith WorksRelying heavily on the teachings of Jesus and especially drawing from the Sermon on the Mount, James, in his New Testament letter, asserts that true faith is more than an intellectual pursuit of ideas. Instead, real faith results in action. James writes a stream of wise teachings that can easily seem like a bucket of ice water in your face. Watch for the Holy Spirit to call you to take next steps in activating your faith, helping you encounter and better follow Jesus to bless a broken world.

Read 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 reap a harvest of righteousness.

Reflect

James lists eight attributes of godly wisdom. Which one of these resonates with you the most? Why?

Respond

Make a list of these qualities on a note card or sticky note, and put it where you can see it all day. Ask God to give you wisdom that contains these elements. When you seek his wisdom for your life, watch for him to give it to you, but remember: When it comes, it'll look like these attributes in action.

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