James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
As Christians, none of us would desire wisdom that is of the earth, which James describes as sensual, devilish, confusing and with evil works (v.15-16). Rather, we desire the wisdom which is from above. Notice the fifth characteristic associated with heavenly wisdom. It is full of mercy. There is not much mercy found in the world as so many can attest to. But with God there is mercy! So often we see Jesus extending His hand of mercy towards sinners. Not condemning them for not keeping the law, for no one is perfect (Romans), but forgiving them fully and freely as they looked to him by faith. An example of this wisdom is found in Luke 19 which records Jesus encounter with Zacchaeus. As we act with heavenly wisdom, we will find ourselves showing sincere and earnest concern for those who are struggling physically, spiritually, and emotionally in the trials of life.
Wisdom from above will be filled with good fruits. This may include accurately dividing the word of truth (2Timothy 2:15), being a good listener to a hurting brother or sister (Gal.6:2), being slow to anger (James 1:19), and quick to forgive (Col.3:13). Galatians 5:22-23 gives us a list of the fruit of the spirit which all Christians will produce. This fruit will be evident in all that the Christian will do. Heavenly wisdom filled with good fruits will include patience. The divine gift of being able to tolerate delay, trouble, dissapointment, and the like without blowing ones top. The one walking in wisdom will know when to speak and when to keep silent.
Love and joy will be produced in the one who lives in heavenly wisodm. Let us not forget the meaning of this heavenly wisdom. It is believing God’s word and putting it into practice. It isn’t a matter of simply knowing the word of God but living by it. To hear it without action is folly (Mt. 24-27). The one with wisdom, though not perfect, will exercise that wisdom. Walk in heavenly wisdom my friend. And may The Lord of peace fill you with His peace.