James 1:18-21 (The Message)
So, my very dear friends, don't get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all His creatures.
Act on What You Hear
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. [emphasis added]
I don't study with The Message paraphrase, but since going to Jerusalem the Lord has directed me, for a time, to read this as a 'story' - about Him - and about my life in Him. I believe it is to gain a deeper clarity of life in our own modern times. God took me to several chapters this morning from 1 Corinthians - to Hebrews - to James. When I read this line in the last part of the above passage it blew me away.
Ponder that thought: Our gardener is God - landscaping us with His Word - making a salvation-garden of your life.
How does this speak to your life today?
Choosing JOY, Stephanie