James 3:13-18 (KJV)Â Â Â “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.Â But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.Â This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.Â For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.Â But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.Â And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â At the Baptist College of Florida where I received my undergraduate degree, I was fortunate enough to have one professor out of the many who conducted himself as the type of man James is speaking of. A brilliant man, very unassuming even shy and withdrawn in his appearance, yet he is one of the most respected men I know.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â He has gained this respect by the way he conducts himself, never bragging or boasting, just serving his fellow man. A true servant leader, who does not lead with the knowledge of the world, but leads and teaches with the heartfelt wisdom of God.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I hold this man up as a living example of how each of us should act. Not that he is perfect but he strives every day to live out the scriptures, sharing the gifts that God has given him. Can each of us learn from this manâ€™s example making a difference in the world that we walk through.