But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
Wisdom means a willingness to yield? Are you kidding me? In what universe? What if I’m right? What if Lynn is totally wrong? Do I still have to yield? Why?
I’ll tell you why. Because it is more important to please God than to be right. It is more important to please God than win an argument. Not that I ever win anyway because Lynn can talk me under the table, but I have been known to claim victory by my silence. I guess now I have to give that up too. Ugh.
Why do we have to do these things that are so hard? Well, we don’t. The Bible just says that’s what wisdom is. And if wisdom from above, or real Godly wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, and willing to yield, then I want it.
I want it because I want to be like Him and I want Him to be pleased with me. And because of this whopper of a scripture full of its promised benefits. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her. (Proverbs 3:13-18)
Wisdom sounds pretty good to me.