What is your mind thinking? What is your heart feeling? What is your purpose in responding? What is your response? Will you respond in a way that drags you down? Will you respond in a way that glorifies God? Like God’s Word says, its not what goes in that makes you impure, but rather what comes out! So we need to be aware of our response! Is it a righteous anger?
Let’s take a look at the example of Jesus…
Jesus Goes to the Temple
(Matthew 21.12, 13; Mark 11.15-17; Luke 19.45, 46)
13It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also the moneychangers sitting at their tables. 15So he made a whip from cords and drove all the animals out of the Temple, both the sheep and the cattle; he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins; 16and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, “Take them out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that the scripture says, “My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire.”
18The Jewish authorities came back at him with a question, “What miracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do this?” 19Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again.”
20“Are you going to build it again in three days?” they asked him. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple!” 21But the temple Jesus was speaking about was his body. 22So when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had said.
Jesus’ Knowledge of Human Nature
23While Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in him as they saw the miracles he performed. 24But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew them all. 25There was no need for anyone to tell him about them, because he himself knew what was in their hearts.
–from John 2
Jesus previewed what was to come when He spoke to the tearing down of His body/His temple and how on the third day He would rise again. He knew why He had come and the purpose! He wouldn’t allow others to manipulate or control Him.
He knew the wisdom of the Father. When we need wisdom, we need to turn to the Father too! Wisdom comes from above! Can you show and share your wisdom in humility? We are to be humble servants in this world! Servant leaders whom God has called and provided a plan and a purpose! Don’t allow bitterness, jealousy, and selfishness cause you to brag or to act in a way that doesn’t glorify God! God’s plan wants us to live with that peace that goes beyond all understanding! God’s purpose will bring order rather than chaos! So let’s live as peacemakers! Let’s live to plan peace into the lives God brings into our lives!
The Wisdom from Above
13Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. 14But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don’t sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. 15Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspiritual and demonic. 16Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. 17But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy. 18And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace. –from James 3
Don’t be rash! Be thoughtful! Be prepared! Be purposeful! Don’t worry, for worry changes nothing but prayer changes everything! Worry causes bad dreams! Worry and too much talking causes you to sound foolish!
Don’t Make Rash Promises
1Be careful about going to the Temple. It is better to go there to learn than to offer sacrifices like foolish people who don’t know right from wrong. 2Think before you speak, and don’t make any rash promises to God. He is in heaven and you are on earth, so don’t say any more than you have to. 3The more you worry, the more likely you are to have bad dreams, and the more you talk, the more likely you are to say something foolish. 4So when you make a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible. He has no use for a fool. Do what you promise to do. 5Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it. 6Don’t let your own words lead you into sin, so that you have to tell God’s priest that you didn’t mean it. Why make God angry with you? Why let him destroy what you have worked for? 7No matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do, or how much you talk, you must still stand in awe of God.
Life Is Useless
8Don’t be surprised when you see that the government oppresses the poor and denies them justice and their rights. Every official is protected by someone higher, and both are protected by still higher officials. 9Even a king depends on the harvest. 10If you love money, you will never be satisfied; if you long to be rich, you will never get all you want. It is useless. 11The richer you are, the more mouths you have to feed. All you gain is the knowledge that you are rich. 12Workers may or may not have enough to eat, but at least they can get a good night’s sleep. The rich, however, have so much that they stay awake worrying. 13Here is a terrible thing that I have seen in this world: people save up their money for a time when they may need it, 14and then lose it all in some bad deal and end up with nothing left to pass on to their children. 15We leave this world just as we entered it—with nothing. In spite of all our work there is nothing we can take with us. 16It isn’t right! We go just as we came. We labor, trying to catch the wind, and what do we get? 17We get to live our lives in darkness and grief, worried, angry, and sick. 18Here is what I have found out: the best thing we can do is eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for during the short life that God has given us; this is our fate. 19If God gives us wealth and property and lets us enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for. It is a gift from God. 20Since God has allowed us to be happy, we will not worry too much about how short life is.