WISDOM

Wisdom – "Seeing and responding to life from God's perspective on the basis of the truth of the Word of God." There are two kinds of wisdom in this world, "human wisdom and heavenly wisdom." Every person in this world lives their lives according to one of these two wisdoms. In the book of James these two wisdoms are contrasted. James describes human wisdom as bitter envying (the hateful dislike of the good fortune of others), strife (selfish ambition), proud arrogance (the phrase “glory not" speaks of arrogance, bragging, or self-promotion), earthly (product of this world and the people who live in it), sensual (living by natural instincts), devilish (comes from the devil and is full of demons). This kind of wisdom leads to confusion (chaos and disorder), and every evil work (useless and good for nothing). Heavenly wisdom is described as pure (righteous and holy in the sight of God), peaceable (not be mean spirited, nasty, argumentative, self-willed but gracious in their words, longsuffering toward others, and peacemakers), gentle (not harsh or severe), easy to be intreated (willing to listen, open to suggestions, opinions, and corrections of others), full of mercy and good fruits (always compassionate toward others and ready to relieve their miseries and pardon their faults through the fruit of the Spirit which is, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance), without partiality (does not treat some people better than others because of their social, financial, economic, or any other status), without hypocrisy (do not live a double life). Heavenly wisdom produces a life of "good conversation with meekness of wisdom" (life of practical goodness with a gentle spirit – the opposite of an arrogant spirit). Every born again believer should make seeking for and living by heavenly wisdom a priority of their lives. (Proverbs 4:7), " Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."

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