Read James 3.13-17
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3.13.17)
Lillian poured her heart into everyone that she knew and all that she did. Everyone knew her as Aunt Lil. She had two great loves: her family and her church. Her walls at home were plastered with photographs of children: nieces, nephews, cousins, and neighbors. At church, she was the organist and played piano for Sunday school. Whenever there was a need for more classroom space, for teaching supplies, for childcare, you could count on Aunt Lil to give…her time, her money, and her love.
When Aunt Lil died, she left behind a legacy…not through children of her own, but through wisdom lived and passed on.
Wisdom has nothing to do with craftiness, says James. It has no envy, selfish ambition, chaos, wickedness or complexity. Spiritual wisdom is not demonstrated in the ability to get ahead, to get what you want, to deceive others. Wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, flexible, merciful, bearing good fruit. It is fair; it has integrity. Through wisdom, righteousness is sown – right things are done.
True wisdom has little to do with intelligence or expertise. It is a quality of life – living in harmony with God, with others, with yourself.