Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 NABRE
James is speaking about the wise person. In wisdom he is addressing the person who is suited to be a teacher in the Christian community. Wisdom from God is evidence not of intellectual prowess but is works done in humility. James thinks wisdom comes from above. James ask those who are wise and understanding to stand out, to identify themselves. So that if you are wise in the ways of God and able to function as teachers to the people then you should step-up. James challenges the wise person by indicating they can demonstrate wisdom by showing their good life. If the person has a good life, with humility it indicates they could be a good teacher. To have a good life is to have a life that is praiseworthy and noble. The person is upright and acts in a decent manner. Those with humility act out of meekness and gentleness, or the opposite of being aggressive, angry or violent. Humility is a fruit of wisdom, it cannot be obtained through study or self-discipline. Paul writes later those who have wisdom from above are; peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, and without inconstancy or insincerity. The wise person seeks the growth of others and hopes for their deepening in the gospels.
For anyone to succeed the community must succeed. Individual success is limited if it does not lead to team success? For our family, our community our nation all must increase, all must grow in order for us to enjoy true victory. Leaving some behind, weakens the whole and slows the growth of everyone. The wise person knows caring about others, teaching others, having a life of good works in humility leads to a good life for all.
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