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.
One must know how to distinguish between human wisdom and wisdom from above. With regard to the latter, James 3:17 defines it as pure, peaceful, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality or hypocrisy. As the wisdom from above comes from God, the divine imprint will be imprinted upon it and will distinguish it entirely from human wisdom. Since God is the designer and builder of all that exists, His status as creator places His wisdom above all others.
Prior to describing the wisdom from above in verse 17 of chapter 3 of his letter, James 3:13-16 presents what human wisdom is, Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
In contrast to wisdom from above, common human wisdom involves bitter jealousy, contention, boasting, lying, is earthly, animal, diabolical, and perverse. It is possible that someone may be offended by the harsh words of James concerning earthly wisdom and might disagree; but biblically it is confirmed that all human and earthly wisdom has a diabolical origin. It suffices to read Genesis 3:1-7 to realize that Adam and Eve had knowledge of good and evil by inciting the serpent, that is, the devil.
If you still dare to doubt what the Bible says about earthly wisdom and pay much more attention to what human science tells you, I will tell you a little as who I am, someone who has devoted a great deal of his life to study human science. I can tell you that among scientists there is all that Santiago says: bitter jealousy, contention, boasting and lying. And many times, there is perversity behind science. Many of the achievements of human science in medicine and energy, for example, have brought more harm than good.
It is my opinion that twentieth-century scientists acted irresponsibly, consciously or not, and their solutions brought new problems. Now we live more years perhaps, but more than half of our lives we spend tied to a cocktail of drugs that end up killing us of cancer. We move faster; but we have damaged the environment. Modern foods look prettier and more practical; but today there is greater obesity in the population. Scientists who feel committed to humanity must in the 21st century work to find real solutions to the problems created by their peers in the last century.
Can this goal be achieved only with earthly wisdom? It is impossible to achieve something that is beneficial to humanity when our source is full of bitter jealousy, contention, boasting and lying. We need a wisdom from above, divine wisdom, which is pure, peaceful, kind, benign, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or hypocrisy. Let us pray to our Heavenly Father in the same way that Solomon did and He will give it in abundance and use that wisdom to do good. God bless you.