James 3:13-18
13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don’t brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise! 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don’t brag about being wise. That is the worst kind of lie. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and motivated by the Devil. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Living the wisdom that comes from heaven is not an option for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  We are to set aside or crucify those desires of our old nature that want to live in jealousy and selfish ambition.  Galatians 2:19 tells us, “I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  But we also forget the first part of the wisdom of heaven and that is purity.  It is living in peace and mercy, but also not tolerating sin in our lives.  If wisdom is applied knowledge then we cannot continue to live outside of God’s love.   Living the Word of God according to His direction is not an option.   It is our desire if we love Him.  And it is God who puts that desire in our hearts.  The more we know Who He is and the more we know of His love for us, the more we will want to walk according to that love.  We set aside our own desires to live for the desires of Christ Jesus according to His Word. And we live in peace and mercy.  Giving to those around us what we have been so freely given by Christ.

Have a God Day!