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Beware Of Earthly Wisdom

"Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where jealously and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing" (Jas.3:13-16).

Earlier in the chapter, (3:5) James says that the tongue boasts great things, but now by way of contrast, he points out that wisdom flows from gentleness and meekness. Having begun chapter three (3) warning those who are not qualified to teach that there are inherent dangers involved, (Vs.1) James turns to practical advice for the more able and gifted teachers. "Who among you is wise and understanding?" A teacher needs to be wise and understanding... The question that ought to asked here is this; Just how does true wisdom make evidence of itself? I threw that in here because James, in a very succinct manner, answers the question in an irrefutable way... Wisdom is virtually inseparable from one's way of life.... It is equal to goodness, but a very special kind of goodness. In this goodness, a wise person makes no self-conscious effort to impress others with his superiority. He is good because his heart is good! As a good tree produces good fruit, wisdom has an inherent kind of meekness. Forever, folks have looked at a person who had a quick retort for everything as one who is clever and in control. In old times or today, meekness is not a trait that tries to garner admiration. It has absolutely nothing in common with self-assertive control, but on the contrary, to be meek is to be non-assertive, helpful, gentle and abounding in kindness, To be meek is to be wise. Finally, James points out that self-serving wisdom dishes out bitter jealousies and strife... It is earthly, sensual and demonic. James asserts that clever behavior masquerading as wisdom is not what we want because it appeals to the basest cravings of human nature. With this "fake wisdom," a person's way of life is compromised. A steady diet of spiritually unhealthy competition will tear relationships apart. We must beware of earthy wisdom, and tomorrow we'll look at wisdom from above...

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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