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.
One way this passage is considered by some is that it is a continuation of an exhortation to teachers. This exhortation would have begun back in in the Verse 1 of this chapter.
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
If this interpretation is correct, then James made it clear at the first of the added responsibilities teachers have for the ways in which they allow their tongues to behave. Greater responsibility brings greater loss of reward if the responsibility is fulfilled improperly.
Not everybody agrees with this particular interpretation, but feel James’s instruction was for all members of the audience he was writing too; either way seems perfectly okay, so we will just touch briefly on how this might apply specifically to teachers.
Simply put, teachers need more than just a lot of pretty words; they must have something to say. Teachers are not in place just to read scripture, or regurgitate some Sunday School lesson; teachers are there to impart wisdom.
I heard it said that knowledge enables us to take things apart but wisdom enables us to put things back together and relate God’s truth to everyday life.
If we are teachers, are we relying on just knowledge, or do we have wisdom to impart?