13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for[a] those who make peace. James 3:13-18
In this reading the idea of what true wisdom and understanding is discussed. James answers that the really wise and understanding person is the one who has faith in God, and in so doing, treats others with kindness and respect. Earthly knowledge and understanding can lead to self-serving attitudes ( v.15-16).
Let us pray please : Faithful Father, we are a people that desires to know You better, to learn Your precepts more and more. We want to be a people that loves, not hates ; a people that wants justice , not iniquity ; a people that has compassion and caring for others, not for self. We want to be faithful to You and You alone. Help us, God, to be that way at all times. Great and Gracious One, we pray all this in Jesus’ Name…….Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie