“Lord, give my children and I Your wisdom, which is first pure, then peaceable, undefiled, willing to yield, and full of mercy and good fruits.”
James 3:13-17 says this:
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
Can you imagine what it would be like if your children ALWAYS operated in purity, peace, gentleness, mercy, and good fruit—AND were always willing to yield to godliness? Can you imagine how your family life—and that of every other family around the world—would be transformed if we all did away with bitter envy, self-seeking, boasting, lying, confusion, and every evil thing?
Heaven is what it would be like.
But you know what? That standard isn’t too high for us to reach with God’s help. The heavenly attributes of purity, peace, gentleness, humility, mercy, good fruit, are all products of wisdom. And God’s word contains His promise to give us all the wisdom we need if we will but ask Him for it.
As it says in James 1:5-8:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
God’s wisdom is freely and liberally available to us all. If we need it, all we have to do is ask the Lord, and He will give it to us.
So what are you waiting for? Ask Him today for wisdom—both for yourself and for your children. He will give you the wisdom you seek, and you will see the godly fruit of His wisdom manifested in your family.
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