Godly wisdom from heaven on high will produce fruit in the Christian’s life. Worldly wisdom will boast and brag of itself.
James 3:17 – But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Godly wisdom from heaven on high will produce fruit in the Christian’s life. Worldly wisdom will boast and brag of itself. Wisdom is the proper application of knowledge. You can know a lot of things and spew a lot of facts, but if you do not know how to apply it to your own life or to some task, it does not do you a lot of good. If it results in bragging and boasting, it will only cause damage.
Godly wisdom is first pure. Purity is a lack of defilement from sin. A pure virgin is someone who is untouched. God wants his children to be pure. You have to apply God’s word to your life to be holy and pure. Purity does not happen by accident. It happens through hard work. Things that are clean take work to keep the dirt off.
Peaceable and Gentle
Godly wisdom is peaceable and gentle. It will not be easily upset or ruffled by circumstances. It will be easily intreated. You can talk to someone who has godly wisdom and they can work through problems and get them fixed. They will make you feel comfortable in the midst of difficultly. They will work to find solutions and not just want to gloss over things. The opposite would be obstinate or being difficult to work with. Do you go the second mile to try and live peaceably with all men? Can you be easily intreated?
Mercy and Good Fruits
Godly wisdom will look for ways to have mercy and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. Godly wisdom wants to forgive and look for the good in people even when there may not be much to find. The fruit of the Spirit includes longsuffering. Do you suffer long with those who get on your nerves. That is what God did with you when he put with your sin. Are you temperate in all things? Are you well balanced and not rash? That is mercy and good fruits.
Godly wisdom will not allow hypocrisy in your life. You will be honest in your dealings. You will be truthful about your character. You will not make yourself out to be better than you really are. You will also not be partial in your judgements. You will look at things honestly in others as well as yourself. you will give people the benefit of the the doubt. Godly wisdom will allow you to be honest with yourself.