Let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. ~James 3:13-18
Today we are finishing up this series on Faith Tests for Christian Writers.
Our works, our writings, should be done in meekness of wisdom.
That means we are not jealous, selfishly ambitious, boastful, or false to the truth.
If we do not have meekness of wisdom, what we do have is “earthly, unspiritual, demonic.”
Let’s ask ourselves the questions gleaned from the rest of these verses:
Are we peaceable or spoiling for a fight?.
Are we full of mercy or full of cruelty?
Do we have the good fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) or the bad (sexual immorality, impurity, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, and envy)? (Galatians 5:19-23)
Or we impartial or biased?
Or we sincere or hypocritical?
When we view the outcome of our work—the harvest—what do we see? According to James “a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Are we sowing peace? Is it our intent to make the world a better place?
If so, we just made an A+!