“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
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.” (James 3:13-18)
The Revelation behind this is so simple a child can understand but so misunderstood some of the world’s greatest bible scholars have not mastered it. Whenever you are preparing the soil of a heart to plant Jesus you must do so with tact and wisdom.
First of all, you must know your audience and you must not serve meat to an infant or give milk to a mature adult. The only way you can discern this is by the Holy Spirit. The word of God should not be debated or argued over. It is not meant to be a subject which one shows his or her knowledge and intelligence. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ…not the gospel of you and me so we have nothing to glory about.
Notice, what the text says, “It is first pure and then peaceable”. Look at the word pure…that means in faith and not weakened by any outside added impurity. It is like drinking water from an untouched spring that is cold and fresh.
Secondly, “peaceable” you can only receive peace from the Prince of Peace and that is Jesus Christ. This word itself means “relating too or bringing peace”. So if he isn’t empowering you or leading you then stop immediately and wait until he gives you the go ahead.
Thirdly, it is gentle; If you were going to hold or kiss your infant you wouldn’t grab him so hard that you hurt him… you would gently pick him up and bring him to your lips holding his head. You have to do the same thing with the word of God.
Gently, move from subject to subject, in faith, massaging the seed into that fertile heart. Lastly, it is “full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy (no disguises nor deceits)”, this one is the exact picture of Christ. He did nothing but bear fruit while he was here and he did so without partiality (the Samaritan woman at the well).
Remember how the Jews did not mix with the Samaritans, well this was one of the first people he told he was the Messiah. He did this to show God’s love for all his children not just the Jews.
When you are sharing the word of God you cannot be a hypocrite because God has sheep of many flavors and colors. Also, the vessel sharing this precious seed must not do so to provoke envy or jealousy because that results in instability and chaos and is from human wisdom…not from up above. He or she must remain at all times a fresh water faucet, being truly skilled in the art of living, and a fountain that does not run for selfish reasons or promoting ones own agenda.
If you sow the fruit of righteousness in peace you will fulfill the scripture “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15), Amen.