Wisdom From Above
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:17-18 NASB)
These two verses portray with conciseness and beauty, the face of true or heavenly wisdom; the true qualities of the state of mind which is produced by sincere reception of saving faith. These verses show the direct contrast of the false or earthly wisdom shown in verses 14-16.
The nature of true wisdom is:
Its origin is from above; it is not the product of self–culture, but supernatural and full of grace. Therefore as it is a gift from God, it is good and perfect in all its characteristics.
True wisdom is pure, which means chaste, untarnished and holy. Purity is the fundamental characteristic of everything that is from God. Righteousness is the foundation of all that is Godly in character.
Christian wisdom keeps a man from being soiled by the world, cleansing him from all defilement of the flesh. Every person therefore who lives a sensual, selfish, or openly sinful life, shows himself to be destitute of heavenly wisdom, for its chief element is holiness – a purity that is obtained through the blood of Jesus Christ and by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The old saying of, “first pure, then peaceable,” has often been sadly abused in the interest of bitter jealousy among factions. But surely, even in doctrinal matters, we are to be peaceful with the view to purity, as well as pure for the sake of peace. Heavenly wisdom depreciates heated arguments and works to quench animosities.
Gentleness, forbearing, courteousness and consideration are the outward aspects of the grace of peacefulness, the garment of which the peaceful spirit should be clothed.
The wise man thinks more about his duty than his rights. He is full of mercy and good fruits, overflowing with feelings of kindness and compassion, finding healthy outlets for those acts of practical blessings. He is also solid, persistent, definite and never divided in his own mind. Therefore, in true sincerity, the wise man never ceases in the fulfillment of his mission.
The fruit of earthly wisdom is confusion and committing evil deeds, but the fruit of heavenly wisdom consists of righteousness. Peace is the fertile soil in which wisdom takes root and grows. The seed that is sown is the precious word of God.
The bible describes wisdom so clearly in Proverbs 8:11, “I am wisdom, I am better than jewels; nothing you want can compare with me.”