Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy.' James 3:17

I used this verse last night in church to illustrate something of the gentleness of the love and touch of God. 

Today, I want to use it in a different way.  Wisdom came down in the form of the Christ child. The babe found wrapped in swaddling cloths would one day amaze the teachers, scribes and religious leaders with His wisdom. 

Everything this verse describes is Christ. He was pure and never sinned. He was peaceable in that He brought eternal peace to all men. He never caused a fight, He never argued with anyone and even on the Cross He prayed for those who crucified Him. He was gentle, speaking words of kindness to the sinner caught in adultery, including children in His illustrations and always having the right word at the right time. He was easy to approach, always listened and understood how people felt. He went miles out of His way to help others and bring them life. He was full of mercy. Never once was anyone turned away who was truly sorry for the wrong they had done. 

Wisdom that is from above came down and lived amongst us. As you think of that Christ child this Christmas perhaps this verse will help you to remember Him in a new way.  There lying in a manger is Wisdom - purity, peace, gentleness, help and mercy. 

More than this, let us attempt to put on these characteristics of Christ and to treat each person we meet with the same spirit of purity, peace, helpfulness, gentleness and compassion. The world would be a happier place if we did!