Putting God's Word into Practice…

James 3:13-18 True Wisdom

on September 12, 2013
  • True wisdom–godly wisdom–is displayed through good actions and shared with meekness (humility laced with compassion, with power yet under God’s authority)
  • True wisdom is used to benefit others, not to build up self.
  • True wisdom cannot exist where jealousy and selfishness are found.  Because jealousy and selfishness are in opposition to godly wisdom, anything that stems from those emotions or ambitions is “earthly, unspiritual and demonic.”
  • True wisdom is: pure (not tainted by our flesh), peaceable (orderly, non-aggressive, even-tempered), gentle (kind, tender, considerate, not harsh or severe), open to reason (listens to others, willing to yield, doesn’t always have to be right or have the last word), FULL of mercy (helpful to others, forbearing, not giving others the consequences we think they deserve), FULL of good fruit (pleasant, refreshing good works), impartial (fair, no favoritism), and sincere (honest, without hypocrisy).
  • True wisdom is planting seeds of peace that grow healthy, God-honoring relationships.

This kind of wisdom does not come naturally to us, and it cannot be manufactured.  It must be sought!

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5

Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures…For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright. Proverbs 2:2-4, 6-7a

Do I want wisdom to share in order to help others or to make myself look better?  Do I share wisdom that points others to God and His truths or that exalts my opinion and benefits my reputation and desires?  Do any of the relationships in my life need to be more wisely approached?  How can I plant more seeds of peace in others?


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