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James Devotional 23

Wisdom like faith has evidence regarding whether it is true or not. True wisdom is revealed by godly conduct. “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” False wisdom has its evidence also. “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” However, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (Jas 3:13-18). Godly wisdom is not realized through your natural abilities. Only Jesus can manifest His wisdom in, through and with your continued cooperation.