James has been puncturing my heart in a very refreshing and convicting manner lately… it’s been nice to feel that again.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but it is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (3:13-18).
Phrases to think about:
1. The wise are also understanding? Hmm.
2. By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom… so the wise are called wise by their works, because their wisdom is reflected in their works. (reminds me of James 2 where it talks about how our faith is shown by our works and completed by our works (vv.14-26)… sounds like wisdom apart from “wise works” isn’t wisdom after all, huh?)
3. Meekness of wisdom–what does that look like? What does meekness look like? (didn’t Jen study that like a year ago…?)
meek: humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
wisdom: knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment
as to action (thank you, dictionary.com)
4. Jealousy and selfish ambition (sin) have consequences: disorder and every vile practice.
5. How am I striving to make peace (thinking also Romans 14:18-19 “Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”)? What does that look like?
Prayers to be consistent in:
1. Praying for jealousy and selfish ambition to consistently lose to grace and mercy in my heart.
2. Filtering what I think is “wisdom” through these qualifications: purity, peacefulness, gentleness, reasonableness, mercifulness and fruition, impartiality, and sincerity.
Father in heaven, thank you for your Word. Thank you for the truth you present us in it and its power to move and stir us. Thank you for a renewed spirit and open mind today as I read your Word. Please renew that desire in me for tomorrow! I want to sit at your feet and drink in the truth of your Word. Thank you for Jesus, the Word who became flesh, dwelt among us, and bore the wrath you had for us. Give me the strength to fight sin and remember your Word. I want to reflect you and walk in the meekness of wisdom. Father, I ask all of this in your Son’s name. Amen.