Quick to Listen – Part 3
Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James
Few things attract more than genuine humility; few things repel faster than phony humility. For James, the guessing game is straightforward, as measurements are offered up to test and evaluate each of our lives.
James 3:13-18 13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Life can be measured in basic, practical terms, two different wisdom categories:
So the gauntlet is out. We are able to measure our life by clear cut standards. Earthly wisdom is the produce of human desire, it sensual, and is encouraged by the spirits who serve Satan. Tragically, this is demonic in every sense. The Bible does not dress up or soft sell envy and selfish ambition in any respect. The work of Satan is unmistakable.
Apart from jealousy and selfish ambition, whether it is from the leaders or members of these churches, wisdom that is from above, from heaven, has a basic characteristic that it is pure. It is free from moral contamination of envy and selfish ambition. It is gentle and kind, graciously willing to go out of his or her way for other believers. It is full of mercy and good fruits. Remember James 2 – mercy triumphs over judgment!The result every time is peace and tranquility in the church.
Psalms 133:1: Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.
– John Moore