Slow to Speak – Part 4
Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James
We live in a world where actions and speech are too often ill-advised, not thought out, and spoken with social media impunity. In other words, a cacophony of words that speak to the character of those around us. All too often with an absence of forethought, of discipline of speech, of an absence of those who are peacemakers.
And yet those who make as their goal living in unity, living in peaceable relationships, are the most valuable in our community, and speak to their character of wisdom from above, wisdom that is heavenly.
James 3:17-18 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
- Wisdom from above is first pure. God’s wisdom is pure, it is free from moral contamination, free from envy and self-seeking behavior. It seeks out the best for others rather than for ourselves. It places others before us and directs us regularly to our devotion to God.
- Wisdom from above results in peaceable behavior. This kind of action or thinking is concerned about harmony, with and among those around us. This kind of behavior goes out of the way for others. Even in my profession as a trial attorney, I have found that ‘zealous advocacy’ most often produces the best results with amicable, cooperative consideration for more than one side or issue.
- Wisdom from above results in behavior that is merciful. Just as mercy is a regular theme in James 1:27 and 2:13, the barometer or gauge of wise living is that which remembers that Mercy Triumphs over Judgment..
Wisdom that is earthly produces ‘confusion and every evil thing’ (3:16). Wisdom that is heavenly, from above, is like the farmer who plants good seed and harvests fruit of righteousness. The former is from the devil and is evil. The latter is from God and is holy and right and pure. May these words encourage you in your quest for wise living and healthy relationships.
– John Moore