During the â€œOne Prayerâ€ series one of the messages was about how to acquire a characteristic most of us find in short supply.
Pastor Wayne Cordiello, of New Hope Church in Hawaii gave the One Prayer message, â€œLord, make us Wise.â€ It was probably my favorite out of all of the messages for itâ€™s depth yet simple application and delivery. I found myself asking, â€œWho couldnâ€™t follow this?â€ But guess what? I (and you know you do this too) still find incredibly boneheaded ways around it.
Thatâ€™s when I need a little nudge in the right direction.
Well, it just happens that we can find that navigational system for tracking wisdomÂ in the book of Jamesâ€”chapter three. In this chapter the characteristics of earthy wisdom are listed right alongside the characteristics of godly wisdom.
When our speech is motivated by Satan or even our own selfish desires. It will be full ofâ€¦
- Bitter jealousy
- Selfish ambition
- Earthy concerns and desires. Unspiritual thoughts and ideas
However, when your speech is motivated by God and His wisdom. It is full ofâ€¦
- Consideration of others
- Sincerity, impartiality
Pretty easy tracking exersize. Now all youâ€™ll need is a little honesty.
P.S. If you have a Life Application Bible you can look in the book of James for more on this.