James 3:17-18 (NLT)
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

Here James draws out what heavenly wisdom is like. This gift of wisdom was given to Solomon. It does not come from study or the words of man, but it comes from above. This wisdom is pure, guiding one towards gentleness and love for others. Peace is obtained by wisdom, not by covering up the actions of others, but by confronting wrong with a heart of righteousness.

On a college application was a question, “Do you have what it takes to become a leader?” The young woman filling in the application started to feel hopeless as she thought about the question. She wanted to be honest, but she also felt the question implied the college was looking for people who were leaders; she did not consider herself a leader. So she gave an honest, sincere answer with no favoritism towards herself, “No”, she replied, “I am a follower not a leader.” She submitted the application expecting the worst. To her surprise she got a reply, “Dear Applicant: A study of the applications received shows there were 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it imperative they have at least one follower.” The young woman found her answer out of honesty and trust. She fought against the temptation to say what she thought was expected and her wisdom won out. We all need to follow righteous wisdom, applying honesty, love, mercy, no favoritism, sincerity and peace. Righteous wisdom is above all other wisdom and will plants sees of peace and a harvest that is bountiful.