Pray for wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 ESV.

Last week, we read that the fear of the Lord is the path to knowledge and wisdom. This week, James reminded us with his advice on obtaining God’s wisdom in life. Wisdom that makes God-serving and God-pleasing decisions can only come from our loving God himself. Believers are to pray for this wise discernment in their lives as an act of faith and dependence. This is especially so when dealing with trials and suffering, for instance. On the other hand, as we ask for His wisdom, we must already be willing to obey His revealed Word. When faced with difficult choices in life, our first response should be to turn toward God who delights to give generously of His wisdom.

Have you been struggling with tough decisions recently? Do not be hesitant to pray to God today for His wisdom to guide you.

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Listening is Loving

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“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” – James 1:19 (NIV)

It has been said that to love well is to listen well. Listening well can be depicted through the traditional Chinese character for “listen, hear, obey” as described below.

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Perseverance Forms Character

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
~ James 1:24 (NIV)

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” – Marie Curie (1867-1934)

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