Meekness of Wisdom

Journal Entry // November 16, 2022

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. (ESV)

James 3:13

We all want wisdom. We all want and desire to be wise and have an understanding of the way of the world to make good and proper decisions. What most of us do not have is the meekness and humility of wisdom. We want wisdom because we see that it is necessary to attain the desires of our heart and for us to have power and glory in this world. We want wisdom to enhance our own selfish ambition, pride, and arrogance. James here is telling us that this is not the way of true wisdom that is found only in God. True wisdom does not puff up but brings low. The wisdom of Christ brings meekness and humility as it reveals the weakness and inability of our flesh to do any good. True wisdom from the Father enlightens our heart to our inability and our great need for a Savior, namely Jesus. This is wisdom.

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Active Faith

Journal Entry // November 13, 2021

You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;

James 2:22 ESV

Faith completed by works… It’s interesting how easily we neglect this simple teaching from James. How we want to draw a line in the sand and separate these two ideals and set them against each other. Depending on your flavor of church, you will emphasize the one and relegate the other. Typically in my life, I tend to de-emphasize works and lift up faith as the ideal. Not from a spiritual, ideological, or dogmatic perspective. Mainly from the perspective of laziness. It feels easier to “have faith” and not worry about works.

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