The Doorpost: Recognizing genuine wisdom

Mike Miller  ·  Jun 01, 2015

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

James 3:13

How can we recognize genuine wisdom in ourselves and others?

One important indicator is meekness. The passage following the verse above tells us that there is “wisdom” that is “earthly, unspiritual, demonic.” It grows out of jealousy and selfish ambition, and results in “disorder and every vile practice.”

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

In Matthew 5, Jesus says that the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers, the pure in heart are the ones who are blessed by God. These things are indicators of true wisdom.
We need to reject the earthly “wisdom” that springs from jealousy and selfish ambition, and be truly wise.

For the Kingdom,

Ray King