James on wisdom

Posted on May 19, 2010 by

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Between the text that exposes our powerlessness (first part of chapter 3), and the one revealing the sources of our fights and quarrels, James makes the point to tell us that we need wisdom. We need wisdom to see how little we can do alone. We need wisdom to unmask our passions and desires, which if left unchecked, will drive our sinful behavior. For the biblical writer, wisdom is more than profound knowledge; more than abilities or skills. Biblical wisdom has a very practical connotation. Wisdom from above will guide us through life, and will tell us how to respond to the challenges we face every day. Real wisdom is the foundation of real humility. And real humility will always produce repentace in the human heart.

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