James 3:13-18. James had warned the churches not to produce too many teachers. It seems that the churches were in danger of wisdom wars – where teachers would compete with each other for the loyalty of the other believers. James says that they need to avoid that kind of wisdom, and seek a wisdom from above. God’s wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (17). The last thing a truly wise person would want to do is to win a following by usurping someone else’s authority. True wisdom is meek. It shows itself by good works and kindness.
LORD, give us the wisdom from above. May we produce a harvest of good works to commend our words to others.