James 3:13-18 ERV 13 Are there any among you who are really wise and understanding? Then you should show your wisdom by living right. You should do what is good with humility. A wise person does not boast.14 If you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, you have no reason to boast. Your boasting is a lie that hides the truth. 15 That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God. That “wisdom” comes from the world. It is not spiritual. It is from the devil. 16 Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest. 18 People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living.
Just when I think those white hairs on my head are a sign of wisdom, I realize that young or old, wisdom only comes from God. The wise ones have simply learned to keep their mouth shut! Can I get a witness up here?! Wisdom from God is pure, peaceful, gentle and easy to please. Ok, now I don’t feel so good, especially with the word ‘gentle’ and ‘easy to please’ in there. That would more aptly describe my husband, Walt. He’s so easy going, keeps the peace, a very gentle man. You’d think that after almost 38 years together some of that would rub off on me. NOT!
Funny that the beginning of this chapter talks about controlling your tongue. Such a small thing that tongue, but it sure is hard to control. I’ve watched friendships destroyed because of a word spoken at the wrong time in the wrong tone. Sometimes it’s not even what we say but how we say it that makes the difference. I’m sure we’ve all done it; said something we regretted, hurt someone unintentionally. Looks to me like the only way to have Gods wisdom is to work at keeping peace. I’ve heard duct tape works well and comes in all sorts of colors now.
Well Father, perhaps if I simply yield my tongue to you, maybe you could use it for good today. Every time I try, I botch it up and end up saying something hurtful or stupid. How much good can I do for you if my mouth is always screwing it up? Let Davids prayer be mine today; Lord, help me control what I say. Don’t let me say anything bad. (Psalm 141:3)