Thursday, July 19, 2007

Wisdom in Action

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

  • What is wisdom? Why does it produce a good life and humility?
14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
  • What is selfish ambition and why is it wrong?
  • In what area of your life are you most tempted to have selfish ambition?
  • Do you harbor envy toward anyone?
15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
  • Why could something that is of the devil ever be mistaken for wisdom?
  • The two kinds of wisdom; true wisdom and a false wisdom of the devil, come from two different ways of looking at life. How can you nurture a godly wisdom and a life that reflects it?
16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
  • What are some examples of disorder and evil that come from envy and selfish ambition?
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.
  • Why does heaven’s wisdom produce healthy attitudes toward others?
  • Who does God want us to be submissive toward?
  • What does it mean to be impartial? Why is this important?
18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
  • What do you have to do to be a peacemaker? Are you?


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