In the last chapter of our reading this week we get a lesson on wisdom that includes this description, “the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17 (NLT) Don’t be fooled by this picture of wisdom. It is in no way weak or wimpy. A good working definition for wisdom is this - skillfully handling truth in a way that honors God and shows His love to others.
The problem that many of us need to address is one that our nation should also. We give ourselves permission to be judgmental, impatient, arrogant and mean-spirited when we believe we are right. We can quickly adopt an adversarial attitude toward all who disagree with our views. Being right and being wise are not the same. A person can be right about facts and be dead wrong in how they handle them. Wisdom clings to truth without jettisoning humility and genuine concern for the welfare of others. Wisdom confronts error with a redemptive bent instead of a “win at all costs” mentality.
Imagine what would happen in our nation if our leaders were pursuing wisdom in addressing problems instead of attacking one another. Imagine what would happen in our churches, homes, neighborhoods and workplaces if you and I did. At the end of the day, God is the one who has a corner on the market of what is wise. Let’s give Him our undivided attention so that we can protect ourselves and be a benefit to others.