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“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.”


Let him show by good conduct that his works are done

We give evidence of our wisdom and understanding by “good conduct.” The word “conduct” means something turn upside down, a turning back. The idea is the manner or way of life, conduct, behavior, deportment. The focus is on overt daily behavior

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.

The word “show” means expose to the eyes so that we can see the evidence or proof of a claim. Thus, the idea is to bring to light, display, exhibit. We demonstrate the reality and nature of what we have by our conduct and overt daily behavior. 


We find the expression of wisdom in the behavior of the believer. 


We show our works with good conduct. The source of our works is our good conduct, a good mode of life. We manifest that mode of life by what we do. That way of life comes from God’s wisdom and understanding. People will notice our unique way of life that it is different and from God.