Meekness of wisdom (how that relates to blogging)

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We have been going through the book of James in family Bible time.  Today, we were in the end of chapter 3.

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.  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.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. James 3:13, 17-18
As we were discussing it, I was thinking of a blog post I wrote yesterday.  It was in draft mode (unpublished) but I was going to post it today.  I always avoid strong political positions on this blog, but the content of that blog post is a scathing discussion of the state of politics in the US in general.  It was based on last week’s Republican convention, Clint Eastwood, and other speeches I caught.
But while reading James, that phrase “meekness of wisdom” caught my attention.  If you are like me, you know a lot of meek people and you know a lot of smart people.  But you can probably count on a few fingers the number of smart AND meek people.  Those people are even more rare in the blogosphere.
My goal in writing is to be effective in influencing.  Writing is not supposed to be about venting and blowing off steam.  If it becomes that, you may feel better but you won’t be influencing anyone.  People may read you but only for two reasons: either they already agree with you or they want to laugh at you.
As James says in this passage, the combination of knowledge and meekness (restraint) is a fruit of righteousness.  It should be a goal for all of us.  And it is the only way you can be really effective as a writer.
That is why the Draft status is so important for a blogger.  Sleep on some of those posts before you publish them. The best blogging decisions I have made involved deciding not to publish posts that seemed like a great idea when I originally wrote them.

One thought on “Meekness of wisdom (how that relates to blogging)

  1. Lela says:

    The book of James is one of my very favorite books of the Bible! In fact I just finished quoting a verse from James -5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man [and woman] is powerful and effective”( NIV Giant Print Bible, 1990). Yes, we all have mouths and in this country what is known as “FREEDOM of SPEECH” which as I am learning that wisdom as noted in the Bible is from the fear or reverence of God. God is the truest essence of LOVE, therefore, when open our mouths to speak or use our hands to write or pen our thoughts to others, they should be wrapped in LOVE verses strong emotional offensive tones. Yes, just as I might have negative or offensive thoughts towards an individual, organization, or political party and of course can find all kinds of “FAULTS” in an individual, organization, or political party…it’s easy to complain and perform fault finding, yet it takes time to listen and show acts of kindness and genuine agape love and pray for the situation or person. Think about it, who really is going to listen to a person who is “very loud, offensive and going off” and arrogant? As the Bible states, “A soft answer turneth away wrath or anger”. Therefore, if we truly desire for people to listen to our point of view- we need to first listen and try to understand their point of view in loving manner.

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