But 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. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18
In the book of James, it is asked, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” That kind of question makes you want to raise your hand and say “ME, ME, I want to be wise!!” doesn’t it? Being wise and understanding and having it being shown through our daily life…sounds wonderful!
But this verse follows with some specific characteristics of true wisdom. God’s Word tells us that the wisdom that comes from above is not just knowing things, but has qualities of pureness, loves peace and avoids strife, is submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. That’s a pretty tall order! But as we seek the Lord for His wisdom, He will fill our hearts with wisdom that goes beyond just knowing and enters being filled with His righteousness. It is a wisdom filled with these beautiful things along with the promise to raise a harvest of righteousness.
May we seek that wisdom from above to fill us and overflow from our hearts.