This week we will be looking at James 3, the Tongue. The tongue can be a blessing and a curse. Yesterday we studied the dangers of the tongue. Today we will look at Earthly and Heavenly wisdom. Our key verse is James 3:17.
“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.”
Earthly wisdom and Heavenly wisdom v 13-18
- a) Earthly wisdom v 13-16
“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. 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. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
- b) Heavenly wisdom v 17-18
“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.”
- Be careful what you say
- Use your speech for good not evil
- Be a wise person who exhibits Heavenly wisdom
Which type of wisdom does your life exhibit? Do you exhibit bitter envying and strife or peace and mercy? Heavenly wisdom requires us to show character qualities that glorify God.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001