Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
"The wisdom from above is first of all chaste, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, not making partial distinctions, not hypocritical." (James 3:17)
We can benefit by considering the qualities that come from displaying “the wisdom from above.” For example, being chaste involves being pure and undefiled in our actions and motives. We need to reject evil things immediately. Doing so should be an automatic reaction. Perhaps you have had a doctor use a reflex hammer to tap the tendon just below your kneecap. Your leg reflexively straightens with a kick. It is automatic; you do not have to think about it. It should be similar when we are tempted to do evil. Our chasteness and Bible-trained conscience should reflexively move us to reject what is bad. (Romans 12:9) The Bible provides examples of those who reacted in this way, such as Joseph and Jesus.—Genesis 39:7-9; Matthew 4:8-10.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 4:17)
*I heard the perfect illustration in a talk, that really drove home the point in this regard. Imagine there's a garbage bag in your house filled with stinky, rotting food and other filthy, decomposing things inside. You would naturally feel inclined to get that bag out of your house ASAP, while plugging your nose and holding the bag at arms length away from you as you quickly made your way outside to dispose of it in the garbage can, right?
But what would you think about a person who didn't seem to be bothered by the smell or the sight of that filthy garbage? What if a person let that garbage bag linger and fester, and when they finally did get around to throwing it out, they held the bag close to them (as if they didn't want to let it go), perhaps opening it up for one last peek inside, or a whiff of the contents? You'd feel disgusted wouldn't you? You'd think there was something seriously wrong with that person because it's just not normal to enjoy or savor rotton, filthy things that are physically repugnant to the senses.
Well it's no different when it comes to things that are morally & spiritually defiled and repugnant in Jehovah's eyes. The problem is that humans tend to adjust to their surroundings, (good or bad). So with that in mind, if a person doesn't act quickly to remove themselves from a spiritually harmful environment, they will no longer notice, or be effected by the things that they once found repellant.
Have you ever drove into a town that just wreaked of the smell of sewage, or some other gross chemical smell? Well that same type of natural acclimation or adjustment tends to happen to the residents that live there. They no longer seem to notice the smell or be bothered by it as much, because their 'senses' adapt to it. A resident of one of those towns literally has to remove themselves from those physical surroundings before they realize just how bad the air pollution or smell was that they were breathing in all that time.
So, since we have no choice in being surrounded by this world's 'morally' polluted environment, we need to take the same type of preventative action (in a spiritual sense), by quickly rejecting morally defiled thinking before it has the chance to permeate our senses.