October 17, 2019 by directorfsm
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and [h]self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 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. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (NKJV)
¿Quién es sabio y entendido entre vosotros? Muestre por la buena conducta sus obras en sabia mansedumbre. 14 Pero si tenéis celos amargos y contención en vuestro corazón, no os jactéis, ni mintáis contra la verdad; 15 porque esta sabiduría no es la que desciende de lo alto, sino terrenal, animal, diabólica. 16 Porque donde hay celos y contención, allí hay perturbación y toda obra perversa. 17 Pero la sabiduría que es de lo alto es primeramente pura, después pacífica, amable, benigna, llena de misericordia y de buenos frutos, sin incertidumbre ni hipocresía. 18 Y el fruto de justicia se siembra en paz para aquellos que hacen la paz. (RVR 1960)
I seem to be on a wisdom kick of sorts lately. Maybe it is because so much of my life I lacked it. Whatever the reason, I am certain of one thing, Godly Wisdom is something one can never have enough of.
As always some context. James the half brother of our Lord and Savior wrote this somewhere around 48-49 A.D. It may well be the first New Testament epistle (letter) to be written. It is written to Jewish believers encouraging them to be persistent and live bold Christian lives.
The key verse in Chapter 1 is v.22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Faith untested, those unwilling to be servants of Christ, are deceiving themselves (and those around them) about their faith.
In Chapter 2 v.10 we find a verse that has troubled many a person over the centuries For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James here makes a simple point that sin in all forms, no matter how big, how many is still sin. So maybe you have not Murdered someone, but you have committed adultery in your mind you are as guilty as the murderer.
All of that is to set up the “Wisdom” of chapter 3. James starts the chapter with a strict warning My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. Why because far to many thinking themselves wise are but fools and thinking themselves wise they felt they had to share their wisdom with others. Look at v.2-5 James compares the tongue of these men to that of an unbridled horse, and a ship in strong wind, both uncontrollable.
In v.6-12 James goes on to list all that the tongue does to harm us:
It is a wonder we all just don;t cut off our tongues or sow up our lips considering how much trouble our tongues are to us Romans 3:13-14 “Their throat is an open[a]tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
So how is it we can overcome this evil tongue we have been equipped with? Finally we get to our main text v.13-18. Let us break it down:
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. So you think you are smart, have wisdom and understanding? Well do not show off and brag about it, but instead humbly demonstrate your wisdom through good works for God’s Glory.
14 But if you have bitter envy and [h]self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. You can spot those who are not true believers, as hard as they try and “fit in” they can not help themselves but to argue against biblical truths. They will twist scripture “is that what God really meant”, “that is just your interpretation” or “that was just for back in ancient times it does not apply now” are some of the most common ones I hear regularly. They are in it (Christianity) for some self seeking reason, one that is not always easy to identify.
15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. False Wisdom is:
- Earthly a result of the fall, corrupted in it’s way of the world
- Sensual it relies not upon God but upon man’s own lusts and desires
- Demonic evil and chaotic are the way of man and this is the wisdom of man
16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. Whenever that kind of tongue is present chaos and evil will be present. You know what I mean, you can not even have a reasonable logical discussion with evil they just resort to name calling and anti-Christ(ian) bashing.
17 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. Herein is the key; Wisdom Begins and End With God.
- It’s Nature is Pure
- It’s Fruit is peaceable and gentle
18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. The direct opposite of an unwise evil tongue is that of the fruitful peaceful one that relies on God to give them their wisdom.
In conclusion we have a choice to make daily. We can rely upon our own smarts (dumb de dumb, dumb) or go to God humbly and ask for our daily portion of Wisdom.