The wisdom that is from above is… PURE, PEACABLE, GENTLE, WILLING TO YIELD, MERCIFUL, IMPARTIAL, UN-HYPOCRITICAL.
James 3:17 NKJV “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
Doesn’t sound much like the wisdom we practice, does it? When we say ‘Shine your eye!’ or ‘I no fit carry last,’ or ‘No dulling,’ etc etc, are we really thinking, ‘I must be willing to yield, merciful & yet gentle in all my dealings?’ Well, maybe you are, but those ‘exhortations’ usually fire up my church mind, to rationalise, politicise and sensationalise. I mean, it’s everyman for himself, and God for us all…but is that God’s kinda wisdom?
When we say, ‘Be wise,’ we usually mean, ‘prepare to take advantage, use or be used, dominate or be dominated, and whatever else a thousand and one motivational books have convinced us is the way to the top.
Now you’ll say, but Proverbs says, ‘Be gentle as a dove and wise as a serpent,’ and that begs the question, ‘How wise is a serpent? What are the parameters for gauging its wisdom? If you can’t answer these questions, then James 3:17 has shown the path to follow.
Shall we evaluate our utterances, actions, decisions & relationships in the light of this verse? Is it pure, peacable, gentle, merciful, willing to yield, impartial & bereft of hypocrisy?
Reminds me of Philippians 4:8 NKJV “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
It is out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks right?
Here’s praying we enjoy a wisdom filled week!
…And by this time next week, the Nigerian election brouhaha should be abating; we will enjoy a peaceful electoral process! Rooting for Prof Remi Sonaiya in case you were wondering.
Uncensored: #NaturalHairTip More length, more stress, but I overcome ie I jump and pass!