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Wisdom From Above

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom" (Jas.3:13).

As we continue on in the epistle of James, we see the very practical issues he has covered. He cracked the door for considering the equal worth of the rich and the poor within the church, showing that showing favoritism was not the way that God had intended for it to be. James moved on to the issue of faith and works, and then taught about how failing to bridle the tongue while professing to belong to God is self-deception... James is now ready to move into a new and very important arena. As his epistle is sometimes compared to the OT book of Proverbs, he clearly wants his readers to suck in wisdom as the author of the book of Proverbs did... How a person uses his words is closely related to wisdom. In a Spirit inspired way, James slides effortlessly from the use of the tongue to the behavior of wise men and women. He actually forces his readers to see that discord among themselves was often caused by careless speech. Sound familiar? With unwise use of words, people were exhibiting worldly wisdom rather than wisdom from above... Wisdom of the world is full of envy and greed. James assured his readers that godliness and peace are fruits of wisdom from God. Over 1,000 years before James wrote any of this, Solomon, the probable writer of most of the Proverbs, observed this; "A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit" (Prov.15:4). This week we will take an in depth look at wisdom from above.... We all want to be wiser in the eyes of the Lord, and James has some very good ideas on the subject....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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