While the New Living Translation (NLT) is more of a “thought for thought” rendering of the Bible (compared with the New American Standard, which reflects more of a “word for word” translation of the Scriptures), I really like how the NLT phrases this passage from James 3:
Put another way, if we claim to be wise and understanding, then there should be enough evidence (our words, behaviors, and general concern for others) in the way we carry out our lives that supports our assertions. In my view, lives characterized by wisdom and understanding should be readily apparent to others – not necessarily in a bold or flashy way, but instead in a steady, consistent, and hope-filled manner that reflects our total trust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
So why do I feel hopedul? It’s simple, really – thankfully, it’s not up to me to figure all of this out. The Holy Spirit Himself is the One who is responsible for helping me grow, guiding me into wise decision-making, and enabling me to embody a life characterized by purpose and authenticity.
Mercifully, He is the one in charge and I am not! 😂