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Wisdom from Above #1821

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:17–18, NKJV)

Just as the wisdom that is “earthly, sensual, and demonic” has identifiable traits (bitter envy, self-seeking, pride, lies, and confusion, Jas. 3:14-16), so does the wisdom from above. God-approved wisdom is marked by dignified purity, and so is “consecrated to the service and glory of God” (Lange). With God as its object, wisdom from above has a social character that reflects innocence toward men and women. This wisdom is peaceable (not warring, Jas. 4:1). It is gentle – mild, moderate, fair, and just in its judgments and treatment of others. Approved wisdom is “willing to yield,” it is easily entreated, “open to reason” (ESV). Wisdom hears all the evidence instead of entrenching itself without reason against it. It is full of mercy and it bears the impartial, genuine fruit of compassion. Because of its nature, heavenly wisdom plants the seeds of peace (not hostile confusion, Jas. 3:14-16), and so produces peace (Matt. 5:9). Let us pursue the wisdom that is from above and bear the fruit of righteousness.

Proven Character #876

19  But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20  For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21  For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22  But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23  Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.” (Philippians 2:19–23, NKJV)

Is there someone in your life on whom you know you can depend; A friend, a sibling, a fellow-Christian? All you have to do is call, and they are there in a heartbeat to help you. They share your values, your goals and your faith. Their character has been proven reliable by deeds of the past; you do not doubt they are genuine. They are an asset in accomplishing the task before you. Such a man was Timothy. Paul trusted him; he was trustworthy, honest and sincere. Paul knew Timothy would get the job done. Be a Timothy to others. Show yourself to be genuine in your concern for others. Be willing and ready to serve them. Be dependable, trustworthy and honest. By doing so you equip yourself to become a servant of proven character in the kingdom.