Selfishness

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James 3:16-17
“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil practice. 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.”

Wow! This verse has been hammering around in my mind for a couple of weeks. I , like many of you, enjoy getting attention and recognition for my good deeds. I want others to notice my hard work. I want to get credit for my actions. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really match what we learn in James.

After not writing about the Proverbs 31 woman for a while, I started thinking about her in context of this verse. Did she give up her selfish ambitions? Was she able to set aside her envy of others?

I wonder if her wisdom was Heaven sent and approved. If so, it was pure, not tainted by her own hopes for personal gain. She could make decisions based on the greater good instead of her own wishes.

Her wisdom would have been peace-loving. She would not try to stir up trouble. She would confront others quietly, not cause disruption or dissention. I don’t think this means shying away from confrontation; it just means trying to be peaceful about it.

Considerate of others, submissive, impartial, full of mercy and kindness…

This sounds like a list of qualities I want my friends and husband to have! In order for me to live my life full of these, I have some work to do. How about you?

Blessings!

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