Text:“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 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.” - James 3:14-17.
Apostle James in this exhortation makes a clear distinction between the wisdom of God and that of the world. That which is worldly is concerned with individual interests and not with the general good. Personal interests impel one to read negative meanings into the actions of others and this, in many cases, lead to wrong conclusions. Self-interest results in struggles for positions and popularity within the congregation. This leads to backbiting, slander and setting of members against one another and the oneness of purpose, on the basis of which the members should work to promote the name of God for their own salvation, is thereby undermined. The result will be malice, hatred, in-fighting and reproach. But those who know the truth and follow it will be seen by all to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works and this gives honour to God and makes for progress. – Titus 2:11-14.