Wednesday, October 12, 2011
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. - James 3 v 13 - 17
The phrase Meekness of Wisdom really facinated me.
I've always believed that there was a gulf between knowledge and wisdom but these verses really helped me to understand it a little better.
Knowledge is great but can be used in all the wrong ways.
It can be used to win an argument at the expence of another.
It can be used destroy a person.
It can be used to make you look good.
It can be used to twist the truth.
It can be used to exhert supiriority.
But when you use it in this way the Bible says it is DEMONIC!
When wisdom enters the door it brings with it submission and is shared with humility.
Its motives are pure.
It finds a way forward in peace.
It educates gently.
It listens with an open heart.
Shows mercy to those who don't understand.
It is more interested in uncovering truth than taking sides.
It humbly finds the best way forward for all.