Friday, October 21, 2016

true wisdom

I've never noticed this section at the end of the 3rd chapter of James.

It offers an interesting perspective on what true wisdom is.

The thing that makes it interesting is to juxtapose it with the people who capture our attention these days.

James 3

13 If you are wise and understand God's ways,

live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth.

And if you don't brag about the good that you do,

then you will be truly wise!

14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart,

don't cover up the truth with boasting and lying.

15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom.

Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.

16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition,

there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

  17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure.

It is also peace loving,

gentle at all times,

and willing to yield to others.

It is full of mercy and good deeds.

It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

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