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Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
EARTHLY WISDOM-But if you have bitter jealousy[sharp & cutting words]and selfish ambition in your heart[divisive, factious, all about their own self-interest], do not be arrogantand solie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
NOTE that “bitter jealousy” and “selfish ambition in your heart” become an earthly, putrid fountain for earthly wisdom. Then, note the flow out of this dirty fountain-Earthly-limited to this planet, nothing from heaven.Natural-soulish-the best humanity can do.Demonic-from the pit of the most cursed garbage dump in all of Israel!
THEN NOTE that an additional flow from this sort of fountain is “disorder” (restless confusion) and “every evil thing” (worthlessness-good-for-nothingness). Keep in mindthat the ultimate flow from this fountain of earthly wisdom is a tongue that is out of control and dangerous, therefore it can destroy people!
HEAVENLY WISDOM-But the wisdom from aboveis first pure[holy-single-minded-on a mission],then peaceable,gentle[equitable-fair and open],reasonable[able to be approached-to consider things without quick reaction],full of mercyand good fruits, unwavering[unprejudiced and consistent],without hypocrisy[as good as your word].And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace[Only in peace is the fruit of righteousness found-a tongue tied to heavenly wisdom is a seed sown in peace that will produce a Jesus-kind of lifestyle.]
So, a tongue-check is really a heart-check! To tame your tongue, you must learn to love heavenly wisdom and hate earthly wisdom in the same way a gardener loves plants and hates weeds! You must be tongue-tied-your tongue must be tied to heavenly wisdom; meekness is the knot that holds it together(“in the gentleness of wisdom”). That’s the answer!