Wisdom has an attitude and a voice. James discusses both and shows us the importance of the attitude and voice of wisdom. The attitude of wisdom will give altitude and lift to your life – even if it seems like a contradiction to getting things done your way.
James 3:10-13 (KJV) – Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
James 3: 13-18 (NASB) – Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show, by his good behavior his deeds, in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
The wisdom from above has an attitude and a conversation style (see vs. 13). Verse 17 tells us what the attitude and conversation of wisdom is:
- Willing to listen
- Willing to look for what makes sense
- Willing to yield to reason
- Willing to listen to reason
- Willing to compromise
- Without stubborn opinion
- Able to see from all angles