James – Day 30

Introduction

Yesterday, we talked about God’s wisdom being pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated. We’ll finish our study of James, chapter 3, today by studying the character of the wisdom God gives. Again, at the beginning of each section, I’ll give you the definition of the word as it appears in Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.

Jam. 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, , and. (18) And the fruit of righteousness is of them that make peace.

Full of Mercy

G3324 mes-tos’ Of uncertain derivative; replete (literally or figuratively): – full.

G1656 el’-eh-os Of uncertain affinity; compassion (human or divine, especially active): – (+ tender) mercy.

True wisdom is replete with compassion. What a noble expression – replete with compassion. Does it sound like anyone you know? Does it sound like you? True wisdom understands the fact that we are all fallen and fractured. True wisdom knows that growth takes time, and people often change slowly. When you’re wise, you’re deeply aware of how merciful God has been to you, so you’re inclined to be merciful to others.

Full of Good Fruits

G3324 mes-tos’ Of uncertain derivative; replete (literally or figuratively): – full.

G18 ag-ath-os’ A primary word; “good” (in any sense, often as noun): – benefit, good (-s, things), well.

G2590 kar-pos’ Probably from the base of G726; fruit (as plucked), literally or figuratively: – fruit.

James said in verse 13 that true wisdom reveals itself in good morals and good deeds. James reinforces that idea here. Divine wisdom produces an abundance of good works. The good tree of wisdom bears the fruit of good works.

Without Partiality

G87 ad-ee-ak’-ree-tos From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G1252; properly undistinguished, that is, (actively) impartial: – without partiality.

James warned his readers about the danger of favoring the rich (2:1-4). Partiality rears its head again here where James reminds them that true wisdom is impartial. I think a couple of Bible passages explains this better than I can:

Lev. 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

1Ti. 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Do you criticize your enemies for things you accept in your friends? Do use the letter of the law against people you don’t like while holding to the spirit of the law with those you favor? If so, you’re partial and unwise.

Without Hypocrisy

G505 an-oo-pok’-ree-tos From G1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of G5271; undissembled, that is, sincere: – without dissimulation (hypocrisy), unfeigned.

Hypocrisy is really just being partial to yourself. It is holding others to standards you don’t keep. It’s not practicing what you preach. The wise person doesn’t try to lay burdens on others that they won’t carry themselves.

Righteousness Sown in Peace

G1343 dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: – righteousness.

Wisdom makes you righteous. When you act righteously, you do it peacefully, and it promotes peace with others. This is in contrast to those whose righteousness is showy and confrontational.

How Are You Doing?

  • Does your wisdom make you merciful or harsh and judgmental?
  • Does your wisdom fill you life with good works?
  • Is your wisdom partial or hypocritical?
  • Does your wisdom promote peace?

Homework

Read James 4:1-3. What causes the quarrels you experience?

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