James 3:17, PURE

James 3:17, PURE

James317“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure….”

Yesterday we looked at James 3:14-17 and zeroed in on verse 17 that “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy & good fruit, impartial, sincere.” I want to take a look at each of these words a bit more closely. James talks about asking God for wisdom and believing He will give it to us (see James 1:5). It is a part of the character I want to have as I walk and follow Jesus. Understanding better the words that describe wisdom from heaven will unpack more what it should look like in my own life. So we start with the first, and according to the verse the first one in the list is the word pure. A variety of things come to mind when you think of the word pure.

Pure flavor.

Pure gold.

Pure water.

Pure not fake.

Pure – something without blemish.

Pure in heart.

Pure in mind.

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” One of the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:8

Pure is used as a descriptor to describe the characteristics and/or attitude. James uses it to describe the wisdom that comes from heaven, true wisdom. What does that mean for me?

  1. It is genuine
  2. It is true
  3. It can be trusted
  4. It’s motive is right
  5. It does not smudge the line of truth, mixing a little bit of sin in with what is right

When I am wondering if what I am hearing is wisdom one of the questions I should be asking myself is, is it pure? Does it line up with who Jesus is? With His character? With His word?

What about my own heart? Is my heart pure? Are there areas in my life tripping me up? Keeping me from having a heart that is ‘pure’? Is my heart genuine? Am I genuine in what I am asking here? Let’s take those five points and direct them to myself and my heart check.

  1. Is my heart genuine?
  2. Is it true?
  3. Can it be trusted? The Bible says the heart is deceitful above all things. Have I taken this matter before the throne and asked God to shed light on my heart & my thoughts?
  4. Is the motive right? Are my motives what they should be?
  5. Am I trying to stretch the Truth; what I know to be right so that I can make what I am looking be right, even though I know it is not?

The beauty of walking with Jesus is how He is redeeming and restoring areas of our life. I am not perfect. I am learning things about myself each and every day and Jesus is right there walking with me. He chooses what to shine His light on and tell me we are working on. I don’t have being pure down, far from it.

I am broken and that is why I need Jesus.
Jesus is pure.
He is genuine.
He can be trusted.
He is truthful.
His motive is right.
He speaks just the TRUTH.

Today…..learning to follow, listen and obey; trusting in the ONE who loves me and HE loves you too.


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Scripture quotations taken from the The Holy Bible, New International Version
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  • Lori

    November 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Thank you for unpacking the words from James – and for the downloadable!

    • Gail

      November 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Lori and the encouraging words!

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