To Be Entreated"
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According to James 3:17, one of
the signs that God's wisdom is at work in a person's heart is that he is
"easy to be entreated." Such a person is approachable, reasonable,
willing to listen, to be persuaded, and to yield. He is not stubborn,
obstinate, controlling, or overbearing. The "wisdom that is from above"
produces a mildness of disposition, a meekness of spirit, that
characterizes true gentleness (3:13).
When someone has (or is being told by others that he
really does have) an "it's-my-way-or-the-highway" attitude, that is a sign that
another kind of wisdom is at work in his heart. This is the wisdom that
"descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish (James
3:15). This ungodly wisdom may display knowledge, shrewdness, and
tactical or logical skill in arguing its point. But according to James 3:16, it
produces confusion or disorder, a state of instability and disturbance
where nothing is as it should be. It opens the door to all kinds of
evil, driving away peace and harmony.
Clearly, God's wisdom is preferable to devilish
wisdom. Although much could be said about the wisdom of God, at the core
it is "Christ crucified" (I Corinthians 1:22-24). Because mankind was
dead in sin and a slave to it, God became man and was crucified in our
place. Therefore, we no longer live for ourselves, but for Him who died
and rose again on our behalf (II Corinthians 5:15). A wise man will
remember what his sin cost God, and will continually think, "not my
thoughts but Thy thoughts; not my will but Thy will; not "my way or the
highway" but Thy
The meekness of wisdom is the way out from control,
manipulation, and being wise in one's own eyes. When one is seeking to
be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual
understanding, then he will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
(Colossians 1:9-10). He will "show it by his good life, by deeds done in
the humility that comes from wisdom (James 3:13 NIV)." And that wisdom
will first be "pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without
hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness [will be] sown in peace [by]
them that make peace (James 3:17-18).
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