What Does James 3:17 Mean?

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere.

James 3:17(NLT)

Verse Thoughts

James was a man that gave the church much good advice. He reminded believers that God is generous to all and will give wisdom willingly and uncritically to everyone who asks Him for it, in faith. He expands his treatise on wisdom by contrasting the wisdom of the world with the wisdom that comes from above and pointing out that true wisdom is demonstrated by a man’s good and gracious conduct – by his noble works and by his gracious conversation. James also adds that true wisdom flows from a heart that is gentle - and a spirit that demonstrates true humility.

But if a believer tries to hide behind a veneer of heavenly wisdom or puts on a pretence of humility while harbouring bitter jealousies and selfish ambitions within their hearts, they are living a lie and being false to the truth – for to adopt a false façade of godly wisdom is really an exhibition of a hypocritical, carnal nature and a worldly attitude.

How different is the wisdom that comes from the Spirit of God for it is pure and peace-loving, considerate, gentle and submissive. The man or woman that has been filled with the wisdom from God is the one that is full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Every one of us that submits to the Lord in faith has generous access to the wisdom of God – for the one that walks in spirit and truth will be the one that exhibits the sweet character of Christ, as we rest in Him and He lives in us.

My Prayer

Loving Father, I pray that my life will be one that demonstrates the wisdom from above as I show forth Your life in me, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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