Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

wisdom is not

Yesterday we looked at what James 3 says wisdom is.
Today we will look at the verses in between.
What wisdom is not
“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” James 3:14-16 ESV
 
We’ve all met mean-spirited people. They will climb over anyone that gets in their way. Yes, they have ambition but it is full of conniving and using people. They are looking out for themselves and unconcerned about the cost others will pay.
 
Wisdom is not:
.twisting the truth so that you look wise
.trying to appear better than others
.making others look bad.
 
No one wants to work with a selfish person. Even if they have knowledge about the project, their selfishness will cause problems.
 
When it comes to jealousy the wise thing to do is recognize it and get rid of it. It truly is a green monster.
 
 
“But 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 the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17 NLT
Let’s be wise,
til next time
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April 14, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day set aside to reflect on the things one is thankful for.  I’ve heard it said many times, “We should be thankful not just one day a year but all year.”  I wholeheartedly agree.

As I think about it, it is quite hard to be selfish if one is being thankful. The flip side is also true. It is hard to be thankful if one is being selfish. When I am thankful, I am pretty much in a state of contentment. When I am not thankful, selfishness is nipping at my heels.

For some Thanksgiving Day is hard.  Maybe this is the first holiday after the death of a loved one.  Maybe family is fighting or far away or ……  I encourage you to redirect your thoughts to Jesus.  He is with you and at work in your life.

No matter where we are in life, we have much to be thankful for and it starts with the goodness of God.

“I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And will glorify Your name forever.” Psalm 86:12 (NASB)

God is good!

“Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 106:1 (NASB)

Lift your voice and say:

“You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 118:28-29 (NASB)

Thankful or selfish?? Which one are you?

til next time

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November 24, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment