Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for the nice, super-early start to my day, having time with my husband and time with you, AND a 45-minute walk, all before 8am! Thank you for all the things I am learning, and thank you for the personal instruction yesterday, your Spirit showing me clearly some of the errors in my thinking and how it SHOULD be, in order to be more in line with your Word. I delight in your correction, Lord, and I ask you to keep pruning things out of my life, my heart, and my mind, in order to make room for your Truth to take root and blossom. Thank you, Mighty Shepherd!
James 3:16-18 KJV
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
I am learning a great many things, “wisdom” from books and audiobooks, from the Bible and other digital and online texts, from the Great Courses and other videos, from observation and sythesizing parts I’ve learned from all over into my own versions, and also from what I consider to be direct teaching through the Holy Spirit. Still, I do not desire to be deceived by any “wisdom” that does not obviously set itself up against God’s Word — and therefore is easy to reject — but that is more sneaky, harder to discern as being against God. I was praying about his earlier, and the above verses came to mind (especially the center one). So I decided that when I finally sit down to write today’s Praying With the Word post, I’d do a word study of that verse, to help me discern any “wisdom” that is NOT “from above”. So here goes:
Wisdom is of course sophia, from sophos, the Greek word for wisdom. However, Strongs makes the point that it can be used for both wordly and spiritual wisdom.
from above is anothen = from the first, from ano or high up, the brim
surprisingly, first (…is first pure…) is actually TWO Greek words: proton men = firstly or chiefly + an affirmative particle, for emphasis
pure = hagnos = properly clean, innocent, modest, blameless, consecrated = set aside for holy use
peaceable = eirenikos = pacific (a word we do not use often any more which means “peaceful in character or intent“) – literally or figuratively
gentle = epieikes = appropriate, mild, faintly superimposed
easy to be intreated = eupeithes = good for convincing or pacifying
full of mercy = mestos eleos = replete (full up) with active or applied compassion
good fruits = agathos karpos = good in any sense + fruit as plucked (that which is taken or seized)
without partiality = adiakritos = not opposed, properly undistinguished, impartial
without hypocrisy = anupokritos = not decided falsely, not feigned, sincere
Wow, that is a LOT!!!
I think for now, I shall condense this (for my personal use) as:
Wisdom that is of God is set aside for His purpose and is able to both convince and appease.
It is mild, not forceful; compassionate and peaceful, not quick to blame or oppose.
That last line seems especially helpful. And it actually reminds me quite a bit of Jesus.
Thank you, Lord! Please keep teaching me, molding me, growing me. Amen!