Two Kinds of Wisdom

Today as we continue our study of James, let’s take a look at Chapter 3 verses 13-16.


Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.


Thoughts for Today


  1. What is the importance of having both wisdom and understanding? What is the difference between them? How can we cultivate both in our lives?
  2. What are the fruits of having both wisdom and understanding? How do they manifest in our lives?
  3. James warns against ‘appearances’ and ‘bitter envy and selfishness’. Why is it important we do not give the appearance of something we are not? How must we be careful of what motivates us? How can we guard against harbouring thoughts and feelings that we shouldn’t?

Prayer for Today


  • Let’s ask God for wisdom and understanding that comes from him, asking him to help us rid ourselves of wrong motives.
Grace and Love
Helen x



  1. […] Two Kinds of Wisdom […]


  2. […] Yesterday we saw the first of two kinds of wisdom that James has described for us: in fact it was not an example of wisdom that we really ought to be seeking after at all. James use sharp and sobering words to explain to us the folly there is in relying on this kind of wisdom, calling it earthly and demonic. […]


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