In James 3:13-18, the apostle contrasts earthly wisdom with wisdom from God. The two types of wisdom are as far apart as Heaven is from earth and they produce very different attitudes and actions.
James instructs his readers on who is the one who has wisdom and how to recognize him. But he doesn’t give a list of dos and don’ts to follow or a test to pass. Instead he insists the kind of wisdom you possess will be revealed in your lifestyle.
Operating with earthly wisdom comes easy and naturally to us. We have to seek God to gain godly wisdom. How, then, do we gain it?
Questions – James 3:13-18
1. How would you identify a wise person?
2. Define “wisdom from above” as used in this passage.
3. Compare and contrast James’ definition of a wise person with our culture’s definition. With Charlottesville culture in particular. With our church.
4. What is the relationship between “bitter jealousy” and “selfish ambition” and wisdom? Why would such a person be considered wise?
5. Define the traits of the wise in verse 17. What do they look like in daily life?
6. Summarize chapter 3 in your own words.