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James 3:13-18
"You know what? That makes good sense."
"Wisdom is seeing life from God's perspective."
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
1. Wisdom isn't just something you know, it's something you do.
  • Wisdom is doing what's best to do.
  • Wisdom isn't just about what you know.
  • It's not just knowledge, it's knowledge in action.
  • Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.
2. Wisdom is quiet and unassuming.
  • A wise person doesn't have to advertise his brilliance, he only has to model it.
  • Envy and selfish ambition are the opposite of humility and wisdom.
  • Envy shifts our focus from serving God to serving ourselves — and the desire to serve ourselves is where self-destructive behavior begins.
  • James doesn't condemn ambition; he condemns selfish ambition.
  • Selfish ambition thrives on attention, power, recognition and reward.
  • When you start serving yourself, you divorce yourself from wisdom.
  • Selfish ambition is loud and boastful; wisdom is quiet and humble.
3. Wisdom is best expressed in how you treat others.
  • Wisdom is expressed in the ability to get along with others.
  • He says that wisdom is first of all pure.
  • He says that wisdom is peace-loving.
  • He says that wisdom is considerate.
  • James says also that wisdom is submissive.
  • He says that wisdom is full of mercy and good fruit.
  • He says that wisdom is impartial.
  • James says that wisdom is sincere.
  • "Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness." (v. 18)