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The Wisdom That Is From Above

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17

The Spirit of God has a way of showing you things about yourself that no one else could. It is his gentle grace that leads us into repentance from dead works and then leads us on unto perfection.

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,


I was tired. My little boy needed discipline, and in that moment, the instinct of my fallen nature was to show him that I could throw a bigger fit than he could any day! But, I knew that wouldn’t really help things in the long run, so I prayed. (Because, I knew, if there was any real hope for the situation, it was going to come from Heaven!) “Lord, please help me! I need wisdom. I don’t know what to do!” This verse immediately came to my mind. “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be intreated…” Wow. That was fast.

You see, I had been quite stressed out from just being so busy, and I realized I hadn’t been very gentle with my little guy. The Lord showed me in my heart in that moment that, as a mother, I wasn’t easy to be intreated , gentle, peaceable, merciful, full of good fruits. In fact, I was being a bit of a hypocrite, in that I expected more from my children than I expected from myself. I expect them to be gentle and peaceable, and full of mercy, but, how can I expect anything from my children that I do not live out? I had let my priorities get out of order. I had forgotten the most important things are the unseen things. That my first priority as a mother is loving my children, raising them up in the nurture and admonition of  the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

My goal is not to provoke my children to wrath, by being a harsh angry mama. My goal is to nurture them, admonish them in the things of the Lord, and to see the sparkle in their eyes that comes in the eyes of a child who is loved and well taken care of. There is more to parenting than meeting their physical needs. If I am too busy to take the time to make my children feel loved, I am too busy. I had to put the brakes on that day and make a u-turn. The Lord showed me I was going the wrong direction, and I was thankful!James317


Earthly Wisdom vs. Heavenly Wisdom

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17

Earthly wisdom says purity doesn’t matter, but Heavenly wisdom is pure. James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Earthly wisdom is aggressive, but Heavenly wisdom is peaceable.

Earthly wisdom is not kind, but Heavenly wisdom is gentle.

Earthly wisdom is unapproachable, but Heavenly wisdom is easy to be intreated.

Earthly wisdom is cruel and unfruitful, but Heavenly wisdom is merciful and full of good fruits.

Earthly wisdom is shows partiality, but Heavenly wisdom is without partiality.

Earthly wisdom is hypocritical, but Heavenly wisdom is without hypocrisy.

Lu 17:1-2 ¶ Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.


Especially when dealing with the little ones:

It is wise to be pure.

It is wise to be peaceable.

It is wise to be gentle.

It is wise to be easily intreated.

It is wise to be merciful.

It is wise to be fruitful

It is wise to be without partiality

It is wise to be without hypocrisy.

I think the one that got the discipline that day was more me, than my little fella. The Lord showed me that he was a mirror of me. A child left to himself will bring his mother shame.  (Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.)

I have intentionally cut back on a lot of the things that I had been doing, because I have recognized that my children need more than someone to wash their clothes and make their meals. They need someone to love them. To look them in their eyes when they are talking. Someone to read to them, to laugh and play with them.  Someone, they can talk to, without being afraid of bothering.  Someone to discipline them, but with love. Someone to set a peaceable and gentle tone in our home, not a stressful, abrasive atmosphere!

Tomorrow is the first day of November, the season of celebrating thankfulness. Today, I am thankful for my God, who is above all others, yet condescends to those (like me) of low estate, making us fit for his holy kingdom.

Romans 5:1-8 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


He The Pearly Gates Will Open

Words: Fredrick A. Blom, 1917; trans­lat­ed from Swed­ish to Eng­lish by Nathaniel Carlsoncir­ca 1935.
Music: Al­fred O. Duh­lin, ar­ranged by El­sie R. Ahl­wen, 1930 (MI­DIscore).

Love divine, so great and wondrous,
Deep and mighty, pure, sublime!
Coming from the heart of Jesus,
Just the same through tests of time.

Refrain: He the pearly gates will open, So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption, and forgave me all my sin.

Like a dove when hunted, frightened,
As a wounded fawn was I;
Brokenhearted, yet He healed me,
He will heed the sinner’s cry.

Refrain: He the pearly gates will open, So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption, and forgave me all my sin.

Love divine, so great and wondrous,
All my sins He then forgave!
I will sing His praise forever,
For His blood, His power to save.

Refrain: He the pearly gates will open, So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption, and forgave me all my sin.

In life’s eventide, at twilight,
At His door I’ll knock and wait;
By the precious love of Jesus
I shall enter Heaven’s gate.

Refrain: He the pearly gates will open, So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption, and forgave me all my sin.


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3 thoughts on “The Wisdom That Is From Above”

  1. This is so good, Mrs. Ellis!!! 🙂 I find myself riled up so much with my siblings, especially if they don’t listen! It’s definitely best to have a quiet spirit when dealing with stubborn children! Thank you for reminding me of that! 🙂 ❤

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