JAMES 3:13: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: What is wisdom? To some, it is learning from others who have more life experience. To others, it is the writings of antiquity. To the believer, it is the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. The Biblical way of defining wisdom is,

WISDOM – is seeing life from God’s perspective!

Our source of wisdom is God’s Word. Wisdom is not our perspective of life. Wisdom is God’s revelation of life through the Scriptures. It is not given to us to merely grow in knowledge. God’s wisdom is given to us to transform our lives and to impact every area of our behavior. So, James challenges us when he writes,

  • “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.”

This short statement gives us both a direction and a challenge. Wisdom, true wisdom, transforms our life. In the book of Proverbs, we are exhorted to seek wisdom and with wisdom to seek understanding. James combines these two things when he asks – “Who is wise and understanding among you?” Whereas, wisdom is seeing life from God’s perspective,

UNDERSTANDING – is learning how to apply the principles of Scripture through our daily conduct.

So James exhorts us – “Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” This is the call to walk in wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is not complete without understanding. Understanding is shown through our good conduct and changed life. It is our submission to God and our obedience to His Word that shows that we are truly walking in God’s wisdom.

James adds another interesting clarification to his instruction. Our good works are to be done in the “meekness” of wisdom. Someone has defined meekness as – power under control. Jesus was called meek. Jesus did not hide from confrontation or difficulty. Yet, Jesus never lost control of His emotions and He never struck back in retaliation. Jesus walked in the power and wisdom of God through meekness.

In this day of division, strife, and hatred, we need to show the world the wisdom of God. They are not seeking His wisdom but they will take notice if we live our lives with meekness. Wisdom does not have to fight. Truth is truth and it stands on its own. Wisdom simply has to be proclaimed, in love, and confirmed through understanding – our daily obedience to God in the power of the Holy Spirit.

If we have received the true wisdom that is from above, we don’t need to get angry with someone who does not agree with us. We can love that person and exercise self-control as we share God’s wisdom with them in love. There is no guarantee on how they will receive this, but rest assured, they will take notice. Peter writes in his epistle,

  • “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior (works done in the meekness of wisdom; mine), and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” 1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭12‬ ‭NLT‬

And Jesus teaches us,

  • “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬-‭16‬ ‭NLT‬

In a world that is torn with anger and division, we as believers are called to live our lives in the wisdom of God. We are not called to fight with unbelievers. We are called to love them, pray for them, and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them. We are called to live our lives in the meekness of wisdom. We do not protest and burn buildings. We do not shout out words of anger and hate. We proclaim Jesus Christ, crucified, buried, and risen from the dead!

We proclaim the Wisdom of God!

  • “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬-‭24‬ ‭NLT‬

Father, transfom my life, my conduct, and my words. Make my life a reflection of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the meekness of His wisdom.

In Jesus’ Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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