The Gentleness of Wisdom.

Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior, his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” James 3:13

Wisdom is good; but wisdom with understanding has clarity, and brings a blessing to others. The ‘understanding’ spoken of here is not a reference to knowledge, but a call for us to have sympathy and empathy for other people, especially for those who may need our help. Understanding steps out of one’s own shoes and steps into the shoes of the person we are relating to. From the vantage point of the other person, we are able to relate to their weaknesses and failures with compassion. Wherever compassion is, gentleness is not far behind. I love that phrase: “The Gentleness of Wisdom”. Why? because it causes me to remember how gracious Jesus has been to me, and it creates in me a desire to extend the same grace to others.

There is a wisdom that can be harsh. It is a wisdom apart from the Spirit of God. It is a wisdom devoid of sympathy and understanding for others. James speaks of it as a wisdom that is earthly, natural, demonic!

“This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.” James 3:15

James gives us a fuller description of God’s gentle wisdom:

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

My brothers and sisters, I ask you, which kind of wisdom would you like to be applied to your life through another person? When we are in need spiritually, physically, mentally, or emotionally, the only wisdom that can truly meet those needs is God’s gentle, sympathetic wisdom sent from above. Let’s pray together, that the next time we are called upon to speak into the life of another person, or help them in any way; that we would be a vessel of “The Gentleness of Wisdom” for that person.

If you have a moment, open your Bible to James 3:13-18 and take a few minutes to meditate upon what God is saying to us as Christians.

His Gentleness and Grace upon all of you! Ron

Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

Like A Child.

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, ‘Permit the children to come to me; do not hinder them; for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:13,14

Let’s face facts. Children can be messy, children can be unpredictable, children can be loud, rambunctious, impulsive and whiny. Did I leave anything out? Oh, yes; they can be hungry, thirsty, in need of a diaper change; be sick and have a runny nose. Did I leave anything out? Probably.

This was the disciples viewpoint of children. Children are a problem. Children are a headache. Children are a waste of time. They thought to themselves: “Let’s do Jesus a favor and keep the little rug rats away from Him!”

Not so Jesus. Not His viewpoint of children. He was indignant. INDIGNANT! Do you know what that word means? Ticked off! Angry! The definition is: anger mixed with scorn towards someone. Wow! Jesus? Yes, Jesus.

When Jesus saw a child, he saw a soul created in His image and likeness. When Jesus saw a child He saw limitless potential wrapped up in an endearing package; a ‘package’ He designed! When Jesus saw a child, He saw a vessel containing the seed of love, His love. All it needed was to be watered, cared for and nurtured. If the child was loved with an unconditional love, it would eventually become a vessel of unconditional love; a vessel filled with the love of God.

That is what Jesus sees, when he sees a child.

Now, I would like to point something out, if I may. In the Kingdom of God there are children. Born from above children. You and me, children! We can be quite messy at times; quite a challenge to take care of, to nurture and to guide into maturity. It takes the viewpoint of Jesus to accomplish it. If a pastor, leader or mentor in the church has the disciple’s viewpoint you end up with Born from above children (Christians) who are abused, neglected, marginalized, hurting, broken, shamed, confused, lost and scattered. Children with no joy, children always trying to earn love, rather than experience love.

This is why many in the Church are hurting and broken. Jesus is indignant and we should be ashamed if we treat Children of God like this. Let’s pray for all Pastors and Leaders in the Church today, that they may be overwhelmed with the heart that Jesus has for His spiritual children. Amen? Amen!

“And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.” Mark 10:16

His Blessings, Ron Bouchard

http://www.theburningheart.com

The Power of Words.

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

I am a writer, but I am at a loss for words. Pat, the owner of this wonderful, God-honoring site reached out to me, a perfect stranger, and asked if I would guest-write on “From The Darkness Into The Light”. I feel so blessed by her request, and I pray that our collaboration will bring glory to God and that His Kingdom of Light will be advanced in some small way by our efforts. Thank you Pat, from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity!

The verse above is very special to me. It is the standard I strive to meet when I write. I want to encourage each of you who have been called by God to write, speak, teach, or preach: Lift up the high standard of Jesus, which is, to share His grace with the world.

There is great power in words. With great power there comes great responsibility. Our words enter into the souls of others and cause change; change for good or change for evil. Think, for just a moment, on the magnitude of that! More destruction has been wielded upon the souls of people through words than through any earthly weapon. That is because words are a spiritual force.

I think you can agree with me, that those of us who pick up the pen, or type on a keyboard, or preach from a pulpit, in the name of Jesus, have an awesome responsibility to reflect His Love, His Grace and His Truth to a lost and hurting world. We also have the high calling of encouraging and edifying our fellow Believers as we walk through this broken world together.

Though I have never met you personally, my fellow writers, who are called to serve Jesus with words, I would like to commit myself to praying for you daily; that God would be glorified by your words and that what you write or speak would be a true reflection of His love. Would you do that for me, as well? Thank you!

I look forward to sharing on this site in the future and also look forward to reading the gracious words of my fellow writers!

His Blessings, Ron Bouchard

http://www.theburningheart.com