‘The wisdom from above is first pure; then peaceable.’ James 3:17 ESV
Some people seem to thrive on conflict. They are always picking on others, arguing, disagreeing or trying to get something started. They fight just for the sport of it, not because they passionately believe in a particular cause. They are quick to jump in and expend their energy fighting other people’s battles in which they have no stake. These people seem confident but they make poor decisions, so others learn to ignore them and not take them seriously. They need to ‘always win’ in order to feel good about themselves.
When it comes to your relationships with others, you need ‘wisdom from above’. When you have it, you won’t need to put everyone else on the mat just to show how strong or smart you are. True self-confidence, including confidence in your ability to make good decisions, comes from within. ‘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 favouritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.’ (James 3:17–18 NLT)
When you operate according to these Scriptural principles, you’ll know whether or not a battle is worthy of your attention. If you keep your eyes on the prize that God has set before you, you’ll realise that some things simply aren’t worth your time and attention. As a result you’ll make better decisions about your life as well as your relationships.
SoulFood: 2 Ki 21–23, Mark 14:1–11, Ps 73:1–16, Pro 13:17–19
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023