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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”



The word “then” means thereafter. After God gives purity of wisdom, He then adds further qualities of divine wisdom. The qualities that follow “pure” show what wisdom free from contamination does to the Christian.


A characteristic of divine wisdom is that it is salutary. It is free from turmoil. A peaceable person willingly and selflessly does not affirm himself because he has a sense of inner peace.

Mt 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”


God gives us a spirit of tranquility both with ourselves and with others when we engage His wisdom.


Peace is an outcome of pure wisdom. An attitude of peace stands in contrast to bitter envy and self-seeking. A believer with divine viewpoint is a peacemaker. If a man has peace with God, he has a much greater possibility of having peace with his fellow man.

He 12:14, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

If the other person in a quarrel is irreconcilable, then there is nothing the believer with divine wisdom can do. He cannot control whether people hate him. A believer with divine viewpoint creates the best possible environment for peace. He can control whether he hates back.

Ro 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”