Who is wise…? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. (James 3:13)
Humility! The virtue that gets lost in the speed of fast-track living. From the Greek word, prautes, humility is “gentleness, not born in weakness, but in power.” I’ve heard it referred to as”bridled power.” James tells us a little secret. True humility only comes from wisdom. But here’s the catch. Only heavenly wisdom produces humility. Counterfeit, or earthly, wisdom is simply a veneer over secret pride.
James exposes the dangerous underbelly of “earthly,” wisdom:
If you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth. This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal). (James 3:14-15 Amplified Bible).