Today’s Devotional: Two Kinds of Wisdom

Marvin Williams of Our Daily Journey writes that there are two kinds of wisdom outlined in James 3: godly and spiritual, and ungodly and unspiritual. Do you know how to discern between the two?

According to verses 14-16, being bitterly jealous and selfish is the epitome of being unwise. James’ readers would have understood what his words meant: Having ill will toward others, creating cliques, measuring yourself by your own standards, and denying what God says about you are all characteristics of an ungodly and a devil-motivated wisdom.

In verses 17-18, James presents some characteristics of godly wisdom: walking in integrity with God and others (purity); refusing to awaken and incite anger in other people (peace loving, planting seeds of peace); valuing and accepting other people’s feelings, opinions, and suggestions (gentle, yielding to others); forgiving others’ mistakes and sins (merciful); and being transparent about my weaknesses (sincerity).

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What steps are you taking to build godly spiritual wisdom into your life? How do you avoid ungodly, unspiritual wisdom?

2 Responses to “Today’s Devotional: Two Kinds of Wisdom”

  • I attemted suicide Four Years ago this month and was hospitalized for five weeks.

    Psalm 118:17
    I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

    Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is close to the broken-hearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  • Mary B. says:

    Praise God that you are still here. My sisters son committed suicide, don’t know if it was an accident or not,but never the less it leaves a lot of unanswered questions. When something so sudden as this happens,the mother is always the one who feels the most pain. And as much as it hurts. life goes on. This is what so many young people don’t understand,that there is no good enough reason for taking the most precious gift God gave us all,and that the world will not stand still for no one.