Wisdom and Its Opposite – James 3:13-18
James wants his readers to have true wisdom, the wisdom from above. He doesn’t want his readers to be fooled into thinking they have wisdom when they actually have counterfeit wisdom. One of the traps laid for us is that of false wisdom. There is a so-called wisdom which looks to be wise, but is really earthly, unspiritual, demonic. In this sermon pastor David explains how to identify fake wisdom and get heavenly wisdom.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:13-18)