Living. Life lessons from the Book of James. Careful Speech What a Follower Says James Chapter 3. James 3:13-18 June 2, 2013.
Life lessons from the Book of James
June 2, 2013
Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here's what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom.
Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving.
Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others throats.
Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.
robust community that lives right
with God and enjoy its results
only if you do the hard work
of getting along with each other,
treating each other with dignity and honor.
“Do you want to begin the process of acquiring something that is worth much more than gold? You start by obtaining the knowledge that is most central to the deepest human needs, the knowledge that there is a God who is powerful and personal and head over heels in love with each and every one of us,
a God who has extended to us, through Jesus Christ his Son, the hand of forgiveness and grace. He says, Come on, take that hand, and I’ll help you make your life work. That is where we start.”
The other wisdom active in this world is the thought process generated by this world and influenced by the forces from below. This unspiritual wisdom leads to disorder and every evil practice. In other words those who live according to this wisdom or belief system will be in disarray and will be following the path of destruction.
It’s path leads directly to the pit of Hell.
has a heart that is pure.
2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance
6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Know God - Know Wisdom
The wisdom from below has a heart which is contaminated by the diseases in the world’s system.
acknowledges the truth
acknowledges the truth
wisdom from below denies
the truth and entangles people
in the web of deception.
It has a heart that is filled with the influences of the dark side
It is a life that if filled with self centeredness and selfish ambition
It seeks whom it may consume
It seeks to focus on material possessions
It desires to walk over others to get its own way.
It has a belief system that lives by animal instincts
It has a belief system that has not spiritual insight in it.
It lives for evil purposes
It has a lifestyle filled with mayhem and disarray
It has a life filled with deception and distortion.
It has a life filled with no deep relationships
It has a life filled with bitterness
It has a life not worth living
It counts the cost and lives for the future
It lives within its means
It follows the path of right living
It focus on relationships first with God then with others.
It puts first things first.
It knows to give to the Lord what belongs to the Lord.
It says no to impulses
It chooses to lose to self and allows God to be in control
It lives a life of peace and harmony
It chooses to serve and to be a doer of the Word of God
It says,“ No to Pride!"
It always presses on toward the goal of eternity
It produces a life filled with good fruit
It knows when to stop, walk and pray before speaking
Who are you seeking today for wisdom?
And how does it characterize your life?