“Who among us is wise and understanding?” has been wondered and asked over the centuries.
In ancient times Diogenes of Sinope (c. 404-323 BCE) was a Greek Cynic philosopher, best known for holding a lantern (or candle) to the faces of the citizens of Athens, claiming he was searching for an honest person.
This quote above, as it is, comes from a writer named James in a letter by his name, and was an early Christian leader.
This book of James keeps a consistent focus on practical action in the life of faith.
The pages are filled with direct commands to pursue a distinct type of life, characterized by a gentleness which emanates from wisdom.
Wisdom, not knowledge, is the goal of all learning!
People in general, and Christians in particular, need to evidence their faith by walking in certain ways and not others.
For James, a faith that does not produce real life change is a faith that is worthless.
Faith is no abstract proposition but had effects in the real world.
James offered numerous practical examples to illustrate his point: endurance in the midst of trials, bridling the tongue, setting aside wickedness, visiting orphans and widows, and not playing favorites.
It is comprehensive, impacting every area of our lives and driving us to truly engage in the lives of other people in the world.
He specifically states that “by his good conduct, a person should show that their works are done in the gentleness that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13).