“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy,” James 3:17.
There is a wisdom from this earth that may seem to present itself as true and filled with knowledge but it is seldom complete, nor is it necessarily merciful or impartial.
This type of wisdom insists upon its own way and is initially self-serving and not always concerned with the welfare of others.
This type of wisdom is filled with bitter envy and strife and is earthly. It can bring forth confusion and not peace between others.
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work,” James 3:14-16.
Those in particular who have lived for some time upon this earth have had experiences and have learned how to deal with various situations and events because of their life experiences.
And a certain type of wisdom can certainly be gained from learning in this way, and yet in the long run, it pales in comparison to the wisdom that can be gleaned from that which comes from a relationship with God and is spiritual.
For there is a fruitfulness that comes forth from this type of wisdom and it exhibits good faith and a sense of peacefulness between those that it encounters.
It discerns that which is good and wholesome and attempts to right the wrongs that many encounter between individuals and situations.
And yet it doesn’t retreat from those encounters that are devilish, but rather exhibits the Spirit of God in a way in which those held in bondage can be freed, and the wailings of the enemy dispelled.
This type of wisdom is not always seen in the words and expressions that are exhibited, but it can also be evidenced through the actions that are employed between others.
For to be able to return a soft answer to prevent anger from ensuing is indeed wise, and yet even more important is for there to be a sense of unity or peacefulness that can become part of our fellowship between one another.
There can easily become rivalries between those who are among us as well as an unhealthy competition.
But actually the only One we should ever compare ourselves with is Christ. And truly in the final analysis, the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain,” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20.
For if we are to dwell with others then we must learn how to get along with even those whom we disagree and are at odds with.
One doesn’t need to win an argument in order to prove their point, for when this type of mindset is the goal, then eventually anger and calamity comes.
But one cannot always avoid strife in our communications with others. The more we deal with others who have different personalities and mindsets, the greater the need for understanding is among us.
Indeed it is quite an art to be able to stop talking in order to hear a different point of view from our own.
It takes patience and an ability to be able to stop talking long enough to hear another point of view. It seems that the real crux of all of this happens in a marriage.
This is especially true when emotions run high and the other one is upset about something that has happened.
We are told that love covers a multitude of sins and this is certainly true, for when the balm of forgiveness and love is exhibited, then those misunderstandings and hurts can be healed. And yet as we well know, mere talking then does not always solve the problem, but it is only seen when loving and unselfish actions are given instead.
We are a people who are always trying to prove our point of view to one another. We all have a story to tell and experiences to draw from in this life.
But perhaps one of the greatest keys to wisdom then is learning how to listen as well as being able to understand a different point of view from our own, and then God’s peace and wisdom can settle the score.
“6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?