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Life lessons from the Book of James


James 3:13-18

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.


You can develop a healthy,

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.”

Bill Hybels


Two types of Wisdom


And Earthly


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.


The wisdom from above

has a heart that is pure.

Verse 17


1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

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

Proverbs 1:1-7:


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.

Proverbs 1:1-7:


No God - No Wisdom

Know God - Know Wisdom


wisdom from above

acknowledges the truth


wisdom from above

acknowledges the truth

wisdom from below denies

the truth and entangles people

in the web of deception.


Wisdom from below

looks like:

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


Wisdom from below

looks like:

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.


Wisdom from below

looks like:

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


Wisdom from below

looks like:

It has a life filled with bitterness

It has a life not worth living


Wisdom from above

looks like:

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.


Wisdom from above

looks like:

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


Wisdom from above

looks like:

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


Wisdom from above

looks like:

It produces a life filled with good fruit

It knows when to stop, walk and pray before speaking


Life Lesson Question

Who are you seeking today for wisdom?

And how does it characterize your life?