Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
I'll never forget his response:
"I'm not worthy to be an elder;
I don't think I know the Bible all that well.
I'm not that smart.
I've prayed about it.
I've read the requirements.
I think there are better people in this church for this."
But it was exactly because he took it so seriously;
It was exactly because he prayed about.
It was exactly because he studied
the scriptures about being an elder.
It was exactly because of his humility.
For all that and more
that's why the congregation
and God was calling him to be an elder.
He became an excellent elder.
teach me gentleness born of wisdom.
The wisdom that does not seek selfish ambition
but rather seeks humility, purity, mercy good fruits, and peace making.