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James (W7D4) Wisdom Defined

Week 7. Thursday: Wisdom Defined

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

READ: James 3:17

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Pure (Greek: hagnos): reverent, clean from every fault, modest, immaculate

  • Peace-loving (Greek: eirēnikos): a sincere desire to create and maintain peace

  • Considerate (Greek: epieikēs): gentle, mild, kind, fair (Philippians 4:5; Titus 3:1-2)

  • Submissive (Greek: eupeithēs): Submissive is not a very good translation here. A better translation would be reasonable or open to reason. Followers of Jesus should be reasonable and willing to yield to others when necessary.

  • Full of mercy and good fruit: Mercy is practicing kindness, good will, and a willingness to help those in need. Good fruit is a reference to the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.

  • Impartial (Greek: adiakritos): This term means to be unwavering, without ambiguity or uncertainty. Followers of Jesus should be stable and unwavering in our commitment to Christ and serving others.

  • Sincere (Greek: anypokritos): This term refers to being without hypocrisy, undisguised, and authentic. This is one virtue that unbelievers value. The world needs to see believers that are sincere and authentic.

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

Which attributes in this passage do you struggle with most?

How can you improve in these areas?

PRAY: Ask God to help you become the kind of person this passage describes.

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