James 3:16 – 18 – For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But, the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
After teaching about the dangers of the tongue, James is counseling the believers about true wisdom. James compares and contrasts wisdom from above with our own ambition/desires. Jealousy, selfishness, boasting are all traits of our own wants desires which lead chaos and evil. Humility, peaceful, gentleness full or mercy are from the Spirit which lead to a harvest of righteousness.
As important as it is to guard my tongue, I must equally be sure of where my thoughts and intentions are derived. In order to do this, I must be in the word and in prayer asking God for wisdom and discernment in my actions, decisions. My motives should not be boastful or point to me otherwise this is from the flesh. Rather, I need to be humble, gentle, seek God in my actions and have the Spirit guide me to make sure the glory belongs to Him. This is timely as we embark on a venture that is bigger than anyone or anything with the ultimate goal to make Him known among the nations.
Thank you for your love, grace and mercy. May I seek you in word and prayer to have the power of the Holy Spirit guide me in wisdom and discernment that honors you. Don’t let me rely on my own selfish ambition of the flesh.