Thank you so much for your thoughts on our conversation last week! They were valuable to me.
This morning while I was preparing for the day, a Scripture came to mind: “The wisdom that is from above is first pure…” When I looked it up, I found the passage at the end of a teaching on taming the tongue. The verses said more than I remembered, and in fact seemed to say everything worth saying on the subject.
Who is wise and understanding among you?
By his good conduct let him show his works
in the meekness of wisdom.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
do not boast and be false to the truth.
This is not the wisdom that comes down from above,
but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
there will be disorder and every vile practice.
But the wisdom from above is first pure,
open to reason,
full of mercy and good fruits,
impartial and sincere.
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace
by those who make peace.
James 3:13-18, ESV