This Advent at MainStreet Covenant Church we’re unpacking the “7 wisdom gifts” from above found in James 3:17. Following Daniel Henderson’s argument in his book The Prayer God Loves to Answer, we’re exploring a higher wisdom that enables us to find success and health in our relationships. This is contrasted with a worldly wisdom that may get us ahead in this world, but often at the expense of our relationships.
Its very interesting to contrast the seven wisdom traits in James 3 with other NT character traits such as the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5), the Beatitudes (Matt. 5), and the Marks of Genuine Love (1 Cor. 13).
I have adapted Henderson’s comparison chart into what I’ll call the “Mt. Rushmore of Relational Gospel Virtues.” Just as the four presidents helped shape the foundational values of our nation, so these four clusters of Jesus-shaped, gospel-centered traits are foundational for shaping our growth in Christlike character.
I wanted to share with you my homemade graphic for Sunday. Check out the similarities.