Wisdom: Two Kinds

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”  ~James 3


You just need to stop–

And think–

Why are you doing

What you are doing?


Is chaos ruling

In your heart?

Is it causing you

To hurt yourself

Or another?

Would God look down

And shake His head

And say

“This does not have

My mark

Of approval.” ?


If yes

If chaos rules

In your heart

Do not boast

Speak the truth

Lay it aside

Tear it asunder

It is a sign

Worldly wisdom is

The apple of your eye

And you’ve done

What God told you not to

You’ve conformed


If no

If peace rules

In your heart

Speak the truth

Embrace it

Sow it deep

It is a sign

Godly wisdom is

The apple of your eye

And you’ve done

What God told you to

You love Him


Surely if you sow peace

You will reap


Look to every good thing

And keep away



Selfish ambition

Keep peace

Love God


15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Fatherd is not in them. 16For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” ~1 John 2

8Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.  9Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.  10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  11For through wisdomb your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.  12If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.” ~ Proverbs 9


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