Wisdom, Wise Or Otherwise
By Adrian Rogers
Would you take your bibles please and turn tonight in the book of James, chapter three as James continues to speak to us. James the just, what a great man he was. Let us hear his words of wisdom for those of us tonight as we think on the subject of wisdom and to determine whether or not you are wise or otherwise. James-chapter three and verse thirteen. "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?" You can almost hear James as he's standing in the assembly' and saying, say, I want to ask a question. How many of you are wise? And some of the, teachers there would sit up straight because he's talking to teachers. They would sit up straight and with a smirk on their ,hands, uh, their, face, they'd lift their hands and, and uh, as if to say, well, uh, I'm pretty wise. And then, James would say, alright, show me, just how wise you are. For James didn't want a say so salvation or a say so wisdom. James wanted a know so and a show so salvation and a know so and a show so wisdom. And so James goes here to delineate and speak about wisdom. He says, "who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation," (that word conversation means behavior), His works with meekness of wisdom.
"But, if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first 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 is sown in peace of them that make peace."
Three things we'll notice tonight in this little study. First of all, I want you to see the VALUE OF WISDOM. Then I want you to see the VIRTUES OF WISDOM. And then I want you to see the VI ...
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