“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.”
Following his emphasis on action, James describes wisdom by what it does, as he defines his terms.
Why is heavenly wisdom first pure? How is it accommodating?
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“The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape.”
Trust in one’s self leads to stealing from parents, v. 24, greed, v. 25, ignoring the needs of others, v. 27, and abuse of power, v. 28.
The heart deceives, leading one to believe that success is a result of one’s own effort. Wisdom saves from such foolishness and its inevitable consequences.
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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17 NKJV)
The source of pure wisdom is above us. It’s not beyond us, but it doesn’t originate with us. It’s given to those who ask for it with the right intention (James 1:5-8).
The source of wisdom reminds us about the importance of meekness and humility. If it doesn’t originate with us, the right to claim ownership disappears. In other words – a spoon-full of wisdom’s source keeps a pound of arrogance away!
Knowledge alone has the ability to puff-up one’s ego (1 Corinthians 8:1), and such a mindset leads to the very things James’ warned about: a heart filled with bitter envy, self-seeking interests, confusion, and many evil works (James 3:14-16). After considering these warnings and the solution, it’s no wonder why James talks the way he does in “James 4:1-6“.
Wisdom from above is first pure (even in relation to the remaining characteristics of verse 17) … because if it doesn’t start pure, it didn’t come from God.
“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6 NKJV)
“The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;” (Psalm 19:8 NKJV)
“What exists now is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing truly new on earth.”
In his wisdom and with all his experiences, King Solomon reached some wrong conclusions before he got to the final answer at the end of the book.
In what sense might this statement still be true, even after so many developments in human history?
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“King Solomon was wealthier and wiser than any of the kings of the earth.”
2 Chronicles 9.22
God gave Solomon great gifts. For the most part, they were not well used. But he did produce much of the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, for our learning and direction.
What gifts has God given you to use well for his glory and kingdom?
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“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.”
This chapter on wisdom contrasts the way of the wicked and that of the righteous. Wisdom must be valued and pursued vigorously.
How does this verse speak to the righteous who find themselves under duress?
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