Righteous Living Comes From Godly Wisdom
Righteous Living Comes From Godly Wisdom ()
Believers are called to display genuine wisdom in daily living. (vs. 13)
Bitter envy and selfish ambition are contrary to humility (vs.14-16)
23 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”
26He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
People who cater to selfish ambition need never expect to develop any fruit which is godly, righteous, or helpful to others.
True Wisdom (vs. 17-18)
It is ‘pure’. This means it is free from all the things that characterize false wisdom.
• It is also ‘peaceable’. It delights in peace and promotes peace.
• It is ‘gentle’. It is not combative and abrasive. It is reasonable and courteous.
• It is ‘willing to yield’. It is open to reason. It doesn’t insist on its rights and its own way.
• It is ‘full of mercy’, that is, it shows compassion to those who are in need.
• It is ‘full of … good fruits’. That means it is rich in good deeds.
• It is ‘without partiality’. It does not show favouritism.
• It is ‘without hypocrisy’. It is sincere and genuine. It doesn’t put on a front.