James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
Father, I open this blog with thanksgiving unto your name. I praise your name Father for your amazing glory, and for your power that flows through your children. The glory that you are clothed in, the pureness that is you. Father you are worthy of all praise, you are the Alpha and Omega. Lord, you are good. – Amen
Wisdom is beautifully summed up in James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
Lets break this down together. Wisdom from above; for starters, common sense would say that you would want to desire wisdom that comes from a place that is currently higher than you. For if you are receiving wisdom from the same place you are currently at, it is merely information from someone that has about the same sum total of earthly wisdom as yourself. The obvious point here is that Heaven is the “wisdom from above that the scripture gives references to here. Wisdom from above is first pure, (unadulterated, unpolluted, unmixed, unmodified). Then scripture says peaceable. This idea sits terrible with me at the current moment. Peaceable(helpful, obliging, friendly, gracious), is the wisdom in which I am currently working on displaying and attempting to apply to my day to day life. Funny thing is, I realized no matter the situation you are currently living in. If you are able to make an excuse for not living the full gospel, there will never be another life circumstance that you will live the gospel out in. Meaning your life will always just be full of excuses. I hear so often people say that “if I could just make more money” or “if I could just meet the right person” that we would magically be able to transform into perfect Christ-Like representatives. All to often our Christ-Like behavior has conditions placed on how others treat us. As Christians we are not promised perfect life conditions, in fact I would state the exact opposite would become common in the life of Christians. As the testing of your faith produces patience, let patience have its perfect work in you being perfect and complete lacking nothing. Living the complete gospel out in your life as your life currently is. Now back to James 3:17 regarding wisdom, after peaceable the verse references wisdom from above being gentle (sincere, tender, kind). The application of wisdom that represents being gentle, reminds me a bit like this wild statement my good friend Jeff Hannah told me. If I can come to the place where I take honor in knowing that Christianity calls you to be a bit like a “willing doormat” for the world. Knowing that they are going to step on you, and most the time probably intentionally. This gentle wisdom embraces the doormat policy and continues to display the love of Christ through the doormat times in your life with long suffering and endurance running your race.
Now the verse takes even more of a painful turn for the flesh. Wisdom from above, should be open to reason (cause, motive, basis, purpose). Very often earthly wisdom displays its ugly head and tries to disguise itself in real pretty sounding religious language. Wisdom from above will be open to reason. Wisdom from above, will have the ability to look at another’s point of view, bridle the tongue through a suffered wrong and respond back in as much love as “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Wisdom from above is full of mercy (compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.) and good fruits. I feel as though I am preaching to myself in this blog. To whom much is given, much is required. We all to often allow ourselves not to walk in mercy of those we effect those that are currently in our range of power to help and or influence. We say things like “If I had a platform to sing/preach to crowds then I would share the gospel” “If I just had enough money then I would live the gospel”. Good fruits are the evident signs of a true believer, you will know them by there fruits. Fruits can be either good or bad. Good fruits are a blessing, they bless others around you. Bad fruits are a curse, they curse others around you. Wisdom does not isolate you, it elevates you.
In closing, impartial (treating all rivals or disputants equally; fair and just). and sincere. If you are impartial that means you do not have wisdom that only applies to certain situations yet wisdom from above is applicable in your life. That no matter what this world does to you, you apply the same Word of God, the same way every time. To be sincere in wisdom from above, is this knowing that you are not the creator of your wisdom. That you are his vessel allowing God’s glory and power to funnel through you in order to reach a dark and dying world that needs Jesus Christ. My prayer is that is not just another bit of worldly wisdom from some guy named Branson James or whatever his name is..
James 3:18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
– Branson James