James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere”.
Let’s break down the words from this verse to help us to understand the wisdom that comes from heaven. I have looked the words up in my kids school dictionary.
Pure – pure means not mixed with anything else, clean and free from harmful substances, containing nothing sinful.
Peace-loving – peace is a state of calm and quiet when there is no disturbance, no war.
Considerate – someone who pays attention to the needs and feelings of others.
Submissive – behaving in a quiet and obedient way.
Full of Mercy – showing mercy means showing kindness and forgiveness and do not punish someone as severly as you could.
Full of good fruit – good fruit is the good things for others, especially being kind to them.
Impartial – having a view of something which is fair and un-biased.
Sincere – if you are sincere you say and do things that you really mean, you are honest and genuine.
Having wisdom is about having knowledge and then putting that knowledge in to practice in the right way.
This verse shows that we should use our wisdom in a caring and considerate way that shows shows no favouritism. If we are doing these things, we will know our wisdom is the wisdom that comes from heaven.
Let us show wisdom today.