I need to memorize today’s verse. I love how clearly James defines the wisdom that comes from above -> TRUE WISDOM.
James 3:17 [AMP]
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).
The very first attribute that James gives to ‘Wisdom from Above’ is that it is “Pure” or “Undefiled”. Anything that comes from God is without fault; it is sin that corrupts.
‘Then’ James says that it is “Peaceloving”. In other words, wisdom from above does not seek devisivenes or combat. True wisdom looks for the common ground, the choices that defuse. In the same ‘then’ sentence he says that True Wisdom is also “Courteous” (or gentle and/or considerate). So not just peaceloving but also conscientious of feelings and tone. Giving ‘message delivery’ a strong place/weight as well as meaning or truth.
He then says it is “willing to yield to reason”. I see this as another aspect of humility where the person with the True Wisdom listens to the ‘reason’ and weighing against the situation and circumstances, voluntarily submits to the competing path being suggested.
“Full of Compassion and Good Fruits” feels saturated in empathy and willingness to work for and be of service to others.
“Wholehearted and Straightforward” means that the True Wisdom is not sourced from apathy or frivolousness; there is conviction and truth extended to support the wisdom being displayed.
Finally, “Impartial and Unfeigned” -> There is confidence when the wisdom is from above. When we pray for wisdom from God, He tells us to ask in full belief and faith that God will deliver. That is where this impartiality and unfeigning come from. The amplified expands to include ‘confidence’ and ‘integrity’ as aspects that define this wisdom.
APPLICATION: This is the wisdom I seek. As an elder at Canyon Hills, I want nothing more than to be just a vessel that executes Gods will and purposes for this body of believers. This verse conveys the attributes that I would want to have in the execution of my role. Confident in the direction that God would have us go yet ready to yield to reason and insight from my fellow brothers.