James 3: 17,18
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.
We have spent a substantial amount of time talking about the negative aspects and consequences of worldly wisdom, but all of the news is not bad! Now we will spend some time talking about the positive aspects and consequences of Godly wisdom.
The first thing James notes is the origin of Godly wisdom; it comes from above. What does this mean exactly? It means quit a bit, actually. It has to do with the source of it, and it has to do with who can have it.
The source of heavenly wisdom, or course, is God Himself. James has covered that previously in his epistle, notably in James 1:17 when he tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.“
In James 1:5 we also learned that wisdom comes from God in response to our prayer.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
We get wisdom by praying; there are implications to that statement. Let’s get right to them. If a person is lost, what is the only prayer of his or hers that God can even hear? Of course, the answer to that question is: a prayer for forgiveness and salvation.
Implication: Wisdom from above is only available to those who belong to God as His children; wisdom from God comes from the filling with the Holy Spirit.
Solomon was inspired to give us these thoughts on following God with Wisdom:
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Here we see Jesus Himself linking a solid foundation(salvation) with wisdom.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Again, we see Paul chiming in on this issue as he talks to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
So, then, Godly wisdom: where does it originate and who gets it? Well, it comes from God, and only those saved and indwelt by the Holy Spirit get it.
Next, we begin talking about the positive works of Godly wisdom.