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When we think someone is wise, we listen to them.
James, as he starts to address the heart problem of 3:1-12, presents two different ‘wisdoms’ we might listen to.
The first is the ‘wisdom’ of the world, the flesh and the devil, which encourages us to put ourselves first – to ‘look out for number one’ (V14-16) – and which inevitably leads to conflict as we all try to be King.
But the second is the wisdom from above – a wonderfully attractive way of living, which looks like Jesus: pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (V17). And it leads to peace in the church as we submit to King Jesus.
The wisdom we subscribe to will shape our hearts and show in our lives.
So which one will it be?