In these passages, James again points out that true Faith is evidenced by good works. It is not merely a professed Faith. James also speaks about true wisdom. James says true wisdom is from above and is gentle. It is not harsh or ambitious. “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”
The Bible says that a gentle word turns away wrath. One does not have to be loud or angry to be effective. Words chosen carefully and spoken gently have a profound effect and can change lives for the good.
One cannot be wise without believing in God. The Bible says, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” The Bible also says that if we want to become wise, we simply have to ask God to make us wise. Who would ask to be wise? I don’t think that anyone would ask to be wise unless he or she truly believed in God. Otherwise, there would be no motivation to do so.
Those that live according to the world’s logic and guidance have the world’s wisdom, which the Bible says is characterized by jealousy and ambition. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above but is earthly, natural, and demonic. True wisdom is from God. It is good and will produce good fruit. But it will only be given to those who believe.