July 21, 2020

God's Wisdom is Full of Mercy AND Good Fruit | James 3:17 Part 4

God's Wisdom is Full of Mercy AND Good Fruit | James 3:17 Part 4


James gives us 8 characteristics of God's Wisdom in James 3:17.

Today's episode is the only double characteristic on the list. Mercy AND Good Fruit.

James did this on purpose. But why? The original readers of the letter would've understood. Listen to today's Bible Study Podcast and you'll understand, too!





God Commands You to Ask for Wisdom

Asking for Wisdom Comes With This ONE Condition


How Do We Get Wisdom from God?
God's Wisdom is Peaceable
God's Wisdom is Considerate and Submissive
God's Wisdom is Full of Mercy and Good Fruit
God's Wisdom is Impartial and Sincere


Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth

We’ve been learning how to live our lives with Godly wisdom. A natural byproduct of godly wisdom is a life full of mercy and good fruit.  

We find this in James 3:17, “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.” 

First, I want to point out that the words “full of mercy and good fruit” are mentioned together. In James’ culture, the people were known to look upon the less fortunate with pity and do nothing about it. But James has been teaching us that faith is an action word. We show what we truly believe by what we do. The Greeks loved intellectual knowledge. But godly wisdom is not merely intellectual. Instead, it’s heartfelt and sensitive to others’ needs.  

James says that mercy and good fruit naturally flow through a godly wise person. Are you the type of person who sees a need and does something about it? Do you have compassion towards others in distress? 

In William Barclay’s commentary, he points out that the word used for mercy here is the idea that you are willing to help those who are in trouble, even if the trouble is that person’s own fault. Meaning, when you’re full of mercy, you help people based on what they need, not on what they deserve. 

So, what does this look like? In James’ day that looked like feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, taking care of the widows and orphans. Today, it means all of that. But it could also mean taking your elderly neighbor to the doctor. Maybe volunteering at your local pregnancy center? It could mean giving your time at the local soup kitchen. There are endless ways that God may be calling you to show mercy towards others.  

Your simple truth for today: Ask God to open your eyes to where you can show mercy and reap good fruit today. A truly wise person is compassionate towards others and ready to take action to help those in need. 

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I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.