Book of James
Wisdom from Above
13 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.
"Conversation" means behavior. Let your lifestyle do the talking for you. Your not wise because you say you are, your wise because others see wisdom in you. Your not a Christian because you say you are, you are a Christian if others see Christ in you. Let your good behaviour (life style) show godly wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
"This wisdom" is referring to earthly wisdom that leads to strife and bitterness. Godly wisdom will always lead to peace and goodness.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Nothing good comes from strife. Ever.
17 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.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
How can you tell if something is of God? What kind of fruit does it produce. Does it produce strife and envy and confusion and evil works? It is not of God. If it is of God, righteousness and peace, and gentleness will be produced.
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