“Show Wisdom From Above” ( James 3: 13, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“Who among you is wise or clever? Let his right conduct give practical proof of it, with the modesty that comes of wisdom.” If you are wise, says James, you will be modest as you prove your cleverness by your right conduct. You will not be puffed up, but will remain humble. You will not do your good deeds before men in order to be thought of more highly than others. You will not “harbor bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart,” but will show the “wisdom from above” which “is in the first place pure; and then peace-loving, considerate, and open to reason; it is straightforward and sincere, rich in mercy and in the kindly deeds that are its fruit.” (James 3: 17 – 18)

The fruit of wisdom is “kindly deeds” which are its “practical proof.” Wisdom is “open to reason.” Wisdom loves peace, understands mercy. Wisdom is considerate and sincere. Wisdom is pure.

James reminds, “If any of you falls short in wisdom, [you] should ask God for it and it will be given [you], for God is a generous giver who neither refuses nor reproaches anyone.” (James 1: 5)