Before reading part 3, Please read Part 1 – Make Peace not War and Part 2 – Hindrances to Your Best Life

“This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:15-18).

This sort of wisdom that promotes bitter envy and self-seeking come from one or more of three sources:

  • earthly – the world’s system that rewards envy and self-seeking
  • sensual – coming from your fleshly appetites and desires (the sin nature)
  • demonic – ideas influenced by the plans of spiritual darkness

The result of this human “wisdom” is confusion and every evil thing. It doesn’t take much more that a casual glance at the police blotter, court TV, or the headlines to realize that man’s envy and self-seeking results in all sorts of chaos and destruction.

Contrast this to the result of wisdom that comes from above:

  • pure – it’s motive is to love God and love neighbor
  • peaceable – it desires the outcome of situations to be peace not strife
  • gentle – it doesn’t strong arm its way into getting what it wants or what is best
  • willing to yield – it doesn’t make minor issues major, it bends to what is best for the whole or another.
  • full of mercy and good fruits – it has mercy because we all need mercy – we all mess it up sometimes and the people around us will do the same. The result is an environment where people can thrive and produce well without fear.
  • without partiality and without hypocrisy – it treats everyone the same regardless of race, economic status, or personality. See James 2:1-4 for an example. (This topic is definitely worthy of its own post)

Now this wisdom results in peace and is sown by those who make peace. These are the ones who from verse 13 can say, “Yes I am wise and have understanding.” Here are the 3 primary elements of peace:

  1. Peace with God through repentance and faith in Jesus.
  2. Peace in your interpersonal relationships through heavenly wisdom.
  3. Peace by helping other find peace with God through walking with God and sharing the Good News of God’s love and provision of salvation through Jesus.

May God help us today to exercise His wisdom and promote peace.

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