Jesus said that if we meet this requirement of abiding in Him and He in us (John 15:7), then we may ask what we desire and it shall be done for us.
If we are truly abiding in Him, then we will be in touch with the Lord’s heart and most likely would never ask amiss because our motives would be pure and we would want to please Him.
When you are in love with someone you want to please that person. Love is unselfish and always giving. If you are in love with Jesus, and love others, it’s hardly likely you would ask anything amiss.
In the previous posts, we talked about the tongue and about abiding in Christ. The tongue has the power to curse or bless. Choose blessing.
The next passage we are going to discuss is James 3:13-18 to help us understand the context in which James talks about asking amiss.
James 3:13-18 talks about the “so-called” wisdom of this world versus living our lives according to the Godly Wisdom from Heaven. If we live according to Heaven’s wisdom, then it’s very unlikely we would ask amiss.
|Godly Wisdom||Worldly Wisdom|
|A spirit of humility||Pride, prejudice and arrogance|
|Taking others’ needs into consideration||Selfish ambition|
|Using our tongue to bless and encourage others||Using the tongue to put other people down, to injure others|
|Treating others the way you want to be treated||Manipulating others for selfish gain, with no regard for the feelings of others|
|Sowing seeds of peace||Sowing seeds of strife|
|Allowing God to promote you||Stepping on others to get ahead|
|Being kind and doing good to others||Being mean-spirited and malicious|
|Esteeming others||Trying to look better than others|
|Edifying Others||Tearing others down|
|Encouraging Others||Discouraging Others|
|Secure in who you are in God||Bitter jealousies|
|Wanting to help others succeed||Purposely seeking others’ demise|
|Living a holy life||Living for the devil|
|Being gentle and reasonable||Being cold-hearted, blood-thirsty|
|Integrity and Honesty||Two-faced, Deception, Lying, Cheating|
|Showing others dignity and honor||Showing disrespect and dishonor|
|Helping the poor||Exploiting the poor|
|A spirit of giving and generosity||Stinginess, selfishness, greed|