Hello Sweet Siestas! Thank you so much for coming here!
Last year at this time I was reading a wonderful book called Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, and in it he suggested different ways to get into the Word. One was to choose a book of the Bible and read it daily for a month. I chose the book of James. This was a wonderful exercise, and I experimented with reading it in different translations and listening to audio versions on my favorite mobile Bible app (YouVersion). By the middle of the month I was ready to choose a memory verse from this book, so I went with James 3:17-18.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
I like this passage very much because I often find myself in the role of peacemaker. It’s rarely easy, but these verses are a very encouraging reminder of what the Lord’s wisdom looks like. And this ties in so closely with what we are learning in the Sermon on the Mount, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, having pure hearts, being peacemakers.
So now in the Sermon on the Mount we are working on truth.
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Speak in such a way that those who know you know that you speak truth. Jesus sure has a way of getting to the heart of the matter.
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