True Wisdom

James 3:13-18 AMP
13 Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom.

Humility marks true wisdom
From NetBible Ja 3:13

  • humility[4240] = mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness

14 But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth.

Pride marks earthly wisdom
From NetBible Ja 3:14

  • contention[2052] = selfish ambition, self-promoting
    *Paul exhorts to be one in the mind of Christ not putting self forward
    or being selfish – but put others first (Php 2:3)

15 This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal).

16 For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).

18 And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God’s will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].

Peace marks true wisdom

Righteousness is sown in peace by the peacemakers

Isaiah 32:17 AMP … And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.

The effect of righteousness is peace which results in quiet, confident, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ forever.


True Wisdom Earthly Wisdom
Humble/Meek Prideful
Pure Self Seeking Envy
Peaceable Strife/Disorder
Gentle Harsh
Willing to Yeild Unteachable
Full of Mercy(Compassion) Heartless
Fruitful Unfruitful
Sincere(Straightforward) Hypocite
Impartial Favoritism

A Tree Known By Its Fruit

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