The Between Worldly And Godly Wisdom

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Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. James 3:13-15 The contrast between worldly and godly wisdom is highlighted in these verses. As part of the context of the problems associated with the tongue, James clearly identifies the source of conflicting lifestyles. Underlying this is a reminder that we must carefully choose what information we accept or defend. Argumentation will continue to build tension in the subject through the end of the chapter with a full discovery of the intent…show more content…
After earthly wisdom James revealed a wisdom that is sensual. In modern English, this word has come to focus on sexual desire, but think of it in broader light. It means "natural" and is actually from a word that involves the word "spirit". "Spiritual" is a poor translation because it implies a form of godly behavior. This is a word that speaks to the desires and motives within a person. Where earthly wisdom seeks to meet needs from the perspective of wisdom in the processes of nature, this word addresses wisdom from the perspective of the emotions and desires associated with our needs. If we merely react to life 's challenges and decisions with "gut instinct" and emotional zeal, we will find ways to live, but those ways will almost certainly lead us to sin and error. And then James tells us about "demonic wisdom". This shows the activity of demons. I don 't know what more to say about this except that these are obviously arguments and ideas that are direct appeals to sin. From this we find "doctrines of demons" that Paul mentions in 1 Timothy 4:1. Furthermore, we read that the information or wisdom that these three categories represent comes from a heart of "bitter envy" and "self-seeking". The word "envy" means literally "zeal" and it can have either a positive or negative implication. Using the word "bitter" with it, ties it to the "bitter" water in the
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