"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace." (James 3:17-18)
It's one thing to stand up for your convictions. It's another thing altogether to insist on getting your way - or that others accept your beliefs as theirs. The author of James remarks that divine wisdom has at least seven components...
- PURITY... no evil, ill will, or selfishness here...
- PEACEABLE... harmony & grace, not "winners/losers" should frame our conversations & interactions.
- GENTLENESS... Be aware of how our words/actions impact others!
- WILLING TO YIELD... True wisdom means we don't always have to get our way, we can yield when necessary, because we're secure in our faith.
- MERCIFUL... Deeper compassion & grace for others, especially in their weakness.
- BEARING GOOD FRUIT... let others see that we live what we believe. Our lives should bless others.
- WITHOUT HYPOCRISY... very difficult (since we're all hypocrites!), but be sincere, transparent, and straight-forward in everything.