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Wisdom, a Necessity for Today

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. Ja 3:13.

I was listening to Francis Chan speak on the book of James in the Bible; he had a revelation about true wisdom. It really caught my attention because he was talking about how a person with wisdom shows it by their deeds. He also spoke on wisdom as character and not just head knowledge. The word wise, as used in the verse above, is translated from a Greek word (phrónimos) that implies a cautious character, denoting a practical skill as well as intelligence.

A person of wise character will speak and act with gentleness, humility, and mercy. This same person will be swift to hear and slow to speak and slow to wrath (Ja 1:19) James exhorts the readers early in his letter of this truth and then describes wisdom as character.

I kept thinking about the word meekness and decided I need to take another look at its meaning. Meekness is humility and gentleness, or one could say “humility in gentleness.” One can appear to be humble on the outside while on the inside, they have an ulterior motive. Some people will falsely submit to another so that they can fulfill their personal agenda. For example, a person who does not like conflict may submit to another simply to keep the peace all the while desiring to work through an issue but fearful of the result that may come from conflict.

God desires a meek spirit, a person who is gentle and humble But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. Jam 3:14-15

The idea that running from conflict is a godly way of dealing with things that bother us is not from the Holy Spirit. This way of thinking is something we have calculated in our own understanding to be a useful coping mechanism. It may be useful for the moment, but in the long run, it serves no good purpose for a healthy relationship to come forth.

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Pe 3:4 NIV

There is an inner beauty that is of God that causes our spirit to align with His when we are born again. When this amazing and miraculous, supernatural occurrence happens, it is then that we can become the meek individual that Jesus said would inherit the earth.