A Closer Look
The book of James is known as one of the most practical in the entire Bible. Its instructions apply rich doctrine to the sometimes glanced over parts of life.
For instance, at the end of James 3 the writer says that your good deeds reflect the understanding you have of wisdom. If there is any bitter envy or selfish ambition in your heart, that’s coming from a place of “earthly” wisdom.
James goes on to define wisdom that comes from heaven in verse 17 as “first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.”
It’s one thing to make a conscious effort to be a more sincere person, but it’s another to allow the wisdom of God to change you and for His sincerity to spill out into your life. You see, “heavenly” wisdom is not just about morality – that will only get you so far.
Living a life of “heavenly” wisdom is about encountering the very God that came down from heaven, abiding in him, and letting him shape your every move. What James does is provide a framework to ensure that your life matches up with God’s.