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.
God’s wisdom is pure. James is later going to cover this same thought in James 4:8 when he tells us to “purify your hearts,“. In a general sort of sense, the word used here describes being “chaste or free from defilement.”
The word can also be used to describe a state of being Holy. Or course God Himself is Holy and pure. Therefore His wisdom is Holy and Pure. Therefore the resulting wisdom in us will therefore….be Holy and pure!
God’s Word has much to say about this, and here are just a few.
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
We have discussed previously the two sources of wisdom: God, or the world. In light of James’ recurring theme of acting out our professed beliefs in the daily aspects of our lives, we can only really come to one conclusion.
If our source of wisdom is the world, then our lives will be impure and filled with sin; if our source of wisdom is from above, or from God, then our lives will be pure.