A Short Study of James 3:17
“The wisdom that is from above.”
You can be sure that when our attitudes and words create strife, confusion and division, it is not the wisdom of God.
Where wise men and women worship, there is love, peace and unity.
The wisdom which is from God is PURE!
When the heart entertains pure and good thoughts of others, the mouth speaks accordingly. It is PEACEABLE.
“If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, live peaceably with all men.”
Men who desire peace speak peacefully. It is GENTLE, mild, courteous and patient. To contend for truth is not to be harsh and cruel as some suppose. Gentleness is the fruit of the Spirit, an attribute of Christ and also of His servants.
It is EASY TO BE ENTREATED or willing to listen to any word of wisdom, reason and explanation; and it is quick to forgive. A forgiving heart is not a sign of weakness, but of wisdom. It is FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS. Wisdom knows that God makes men to differ. He makes rich and poor, strong and weak. So there is always the desire to share what God has given with those who have less. It is WITHOUT PARTIALITY. Wisdom does not judge by outward appearance, skin color, or power to reimburse. It is no respecter of men’s persons, but reaches out to all. It is WITHOUT HYPOCRISY. True spiritual wisdom in Christ is straightforward, open-faced and genuine.
How can anyone be so foolish as to play the game of religion before God, Who searches and knows the heart?
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
By Henry Mahan