James 3:13-18 – April 11
Welcome to our study in the book of James which will go through April 15. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
James 3:13-18 – Two Kinds of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But 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. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Taking Your Advice | Becky Newman
Again James presents an issue that is keeping believers from growing and maturing in their faith and relationship with God and then presents what we need to work on. The issue here is discerning between Godly wisdom (good advice) and earthly wisdom (bad advice). Good advice from my Father is all those things in verse 17, while bad advice is envious, selfish, boastful, unspiritual demonic, disordered, and evil (vs. 14-16).
James 1:5 says if we ask God for wisdom, He will give it generously. So, I’d better be ready for the advice rainstorm to discern good from evil. This is the difficult aftermath of sharing personal trials with friends and family–the surge of well-intended advice that comes after, because not all of it is coming from an overflow of Jesus in the heart. Therefore, I must be prepared to discern the good from the bad, knowing You and knowing Your desires. But also shunning the bad advice while still loving the one delivering it. This is even harder for me, the grudge-holder, but it grows me closer to You if I choose to transform in this area.
Help me to know You more, because the more I’m immersed in Your Word and connected, the more I can discern what is from You and act more like You. Thank You for Your wisdom and speaking clearly to me today on something that’s been bothering me.
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