I see it. I feel it. I sense it.
There’s so much hate around us. Why?
James, the half-brother of Jesus, says this kind of life of hate, envy, and selfish ambition is not the life of the wise and the understanding.
“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (3:14-16).
We should not be proud of any kind of life that is govern by hatred, envy, and selfish ambition. For example, the US is reeling over racial issues and tensions. Whatever ideology or “wisdom” that says one race is superior to another, according to James, “does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.
For example, when we discriminate against others because of their dress James says that we have become “judges with evil thoughts” (2:4).
We overcome this hatred, envy, and selfish ambition, according to James, with the wisdom from above–a wisdom that is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness (James 3:17-18).
Let’s all be peacemakers, not haters.