“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” 3:13-16 NLT
I like the phrasing of prove it. It reminds me that godly behavior isn’t something I need to do to earn God’s love, but simply a symptom of it in my life. It’s proof.
And that counter part? Jealousy and selfish ambition? That’s always proof that I’m acting on the desires of my ego and pride.
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” 3:17-18
Gentle, pure, peace-loving, self-sacrificing, merciful, and sincere. These are the marks of true wisdom from God. What a great checklist to reference!