The Attitude and Voice of Wisdom 1

Pastor Dwain Wisdom

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.  #wisdombuilds

James 3:10-13 (KJV) – Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  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 the attitude and conversation of wisdom is:

1. Pure

  •  Motive for truth
  •  Motive for the best
  •  Without unclean intentions
  •  Not selfish
  •  Not harmful
  •  Not out to get

Wisdom is ministered in purity, and it is delivered in purity.

To be pure means:  without jealousy, without envy, without covetousness, without bitterness, without manipulation, without selfish or self centered desire, free from malice, without judgment or pre-judgment.

When wisdom comes forth it must come across with a right heart for the other person.

If your great wisdom is given or ministered out of an impure heart, then regardless of how wise it sounds you have perverted the “wisdom” and therefore invited defeat, calamity or other evil in to the conversation.