Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
What kind of wisdom are you using? Does your wisdom come from God or from this world? Is there a way for you to be able to tell which kind of wisdom you are using? You could use today’s reading to help you find out. In this section, James defines two kinds of wisdom to help us avoid using the world’s wisdom. First, he demonstrates the different motives between worldly wisdom and God’s wisdom. The world’s wisdom is motivated by envy and selfish ambition. God’s wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive…(vs17). Second, these two kinds of wisdom also have different sources. Worldly wisdom’s source is the depraved human mind, the world, and sometimes Satan himself. God’s wisdom comes from God and His Word. He enables us to make wise choices and decisions. Third, James tells us that these two kinds of wisdom have different results. The world’s wisdom results in disorder and every evil thing. God’s wisdom results in a harvest of righteousness. If you want to know what wisdom you are living by, just examine your motives, your source and the results you are getting. It will be obvious if you are honest.
How can you tell what your motives are when you make decisions?
How do you decide what your source of wisdome really is?
What do the results of your decisions tell you about the type of wisdom you use?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?