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Wisdom from Above
James 3:13-18
Godly wisdom consists not of words alone, but is corroborated by a humble character and good works.
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Published May 19th, 2016
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Heavenly Wisdom
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Humility and good works accompany godly wisdom.
Heavenly Wisdom
James 3:13-18
Who is wise and understanding among you?
Those of you who are wise and understanding
m By his good conduct let him show his works
will show it through good conduct
n in the meekness of wisdom.
and a humble attitude.
But if you have bitter o jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
If you give way to envy and strife,
do not boast and be false to the truth.
then your zeal for truth, and boast of superior knowledge, will shame your profession of Christ and directly contradict it.
This is not p the wisdom that comes down from above,
Envy and strife oppose the meekness of heavenly wisdom.
but is earthly, unspiritual, q demonic.
Such wisdom opposes all which you profess and misrepresents Christ.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
Envy that excites such ambition
there will be disorder and every vile practice.
introduces confusion and evil behavior.
But r the wisdom from above is first pure, then s peaceable, gentle, open to reason, t full of mercy and good fruits, u impartial and v sincere.
But the wisdom God gives, brings with it a cluster of rewards.....
And w a harvest of righteousness x is sown in peace by those who make peace.
This type of wisdom also produces eternal fruit.
Selfish ambition and strife do not accompany godly wisdom. They instead poison the spirit and blind us to true understanding.
Godly wisdom consists of both pure wholesome words and behavior that supports these words.
Holy zeal and bitter envy are as different as the flames of seraphim and the fires of hell.
Wisdom received from God reflects his own purity . Nothing but holiness is found to debase this righteousness.
An empathetic attitude free from quarrels.
Thoughtful and respectful of other people´s feelings
Willing to listen to and obey others
One who demonstrates charity in broad measure.
fair, willing to listen to others of competing views
Without deception, deceit or fraud
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