Godly wisdom produces godly results.
Godly wisdom produces a life of peace and other attributes of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. That peaceful and fruitful life spreads to others. The lifestyle is contagious. However, the decisions made through worldly wisdom produce different fruits.
James 3:15-16 teaches that zealously pursuing our own agenda prevents us from pursuing the path of God. Following this course, we make decisions based upon earthly wisdom, sensuality, and even demonic ideas, resulting in the prevalence of confusion and “every evil thing”.
God’s word, however, builds a life founded upon faith in God. Look at the results of such a lifestyle in James 3:17.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Such attributes of godliness do not appear in our lives by accident. They appear only after carefully considering the word of God and your conduct, and making decisions that are “spiritually positive” or godly. These attributes of godliness reveal that godly wisdom has been employed in a life. James calls those attributes the “fruit of righteousness” in James 3:18.
Contextually, consider a more detailed application. The whole section relates to the tongue and the fact that the church was heaping up “many teachers” without properly vetting them. Teachers must show that they are capable of making godly life-choices. Teachers must be those individuals who have come to difficulties in life and made godly decisions. These people will be able to teach the church how to make godly choices too. This is important because ideas and doctrines are important. The things we tell ourselves will ultimately determine where we choose to go in life. And that choice leads either to Heaven or to Hell.
So godly teachers, who have learned to make godly decisions in life, must teach, explain, and apply the word. Following their teaching will bring peace and harmony among believers, which in turn promotes more peace. Everyone with a righteous heart will be able to agree upon the doctrines taught by such godly people, because the doctrines and ideas originate with God. There are no contradictions within it, and there are no divisions between the people who carefully follow it. This fact lies in stark contrast to the results of being zealously self-seeking. Being zealously self-seeking leads to confusion and every evil thing. Pursuing the pathway of righteousness produces peace and sows peace.
This concept contradicts what the denominational world teaches. They teach that division is inevitable because everyone sees God’s word differently. Many people believe that division is unavoidable, so many in fact, that the issue is rarely considered or challenged. But how can anyone understand these verses if division is unavoidable? Zealous self-seekers bring division, confusion, and evil. Godly men and women who meekly accept the implanted word of God bring peace. When people accept this fundamental truth, unity strides forward.
What we choose to believe matters. The source of information for our choices matters. The motives for finding the information we use to make our choices also matter.
Are you promoting peace today?
See you tomorrow!