Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

James 3:13-18
"Who is wise and understanding among you... "James 3:13
Wisdom is not mere knowledge. Today, we have more knowledge than before. But are we becoming more wise today?
Real wisdom comes from God. 'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom'. King Solomon asked for wisdom, more than anything else, when he became king in his young age. His wisdom became known to the wide world. Wisdom comes from God. No reason can explain why Jesus, very God of very God, had to die like a criminal on the Cross. St. Paul speaks of it in 1 Cor. 1:20b. 'Had not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (v. 25). For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength (v. 30)'. Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God.
Wise man will build his house upon the rock. We have the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount as we read in the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5,6 and 7. Concluding his teachings there, Jesus speaks of the wise man in contrast to the foolish man. Wise is the one who hears the words of Jesus Christ and puts them into practice. (Matthew 7:24). James in his epistle is also putting the emphasis on, "walking the talk". Jesus clearly says that everyone who says "Lord, Lord" will not enter the kingdom of God but only the one who bears good fruit (Matthew 7:19&21). Jesus looks for faith living among his followers.
Wisdom comes from Heaven. The earthly wisdom will lead one to selfish ambitions and will breed bitter envy in society. St. James tells us that such wisdom is unspiritual and demonic. It will only create disorder and increase evil practices. But the wisdom from Heaven is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive and full of mercy. It will bear good fruit, be impartial and sincere. The divine wisdom makes one humble and empowers one to live as "peace makers".
Lord make us wise to understand that it is in becoming "peace makers" that we become blessed and called "Children of God".- Amen. (Matthew 5:9)


Growth in christian maturity is a life long process.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church