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Living Peaceably

July 23, 2022

“Jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above 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 the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.”

James 3.15-7, NLT

Upon reading this verse, I considered how I might embody these traits, and also how I might help clients who I support in their healing journeys incorporate them as well. Something that I am sensitive to, and which I very mindfully craft, is language. What we say and how we say it can build or tear down connection. Since connection is a top priority of mine, I often times am reflecting on language, and how I can best use it to encourage people in my community.

Because words are so important to me, and I respect how some words are more distasteful than others, I examined how I might be able to use this passage from the book of James to be more welcoming so that even someone who feels more secular can still relate. And while I selected a more modern translation to share, I still recognized the value in demystifying the dialect even further. Below is a more palatable and easier to understand list of positive characteristics that we can cultivate to live more satisfying and fulfilling lives:

  • Simplicity
  • Calmness
  • Patience
  • Friendliness
  • Empathy

What are some ways that you can develop these attributes in your day-to-day living?

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