Wednesday, March 14, 2007

James 3:13-18

In the Bible study I attended this morning, we looked at James 3:13-18.
"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."

We discussed many things in the hour we spent on this passage, but I wish to instead give some other passages I found when we were looking for a definition of wisdom in Proverbs.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones." Proverbs 3:7,8

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10

"When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom." Proverbs 11:2

And finally, another passage from Galatians:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit,let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." Galatians 5:22-26

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Look at all the posts I have(n't) written!

I meant to write a lot this week. I had big plans. But...
God had other ideas.

So, instead, I spent the first half of my spring break helping out around the house because half the family was sick. Then I took a day off and sewed the bodice of a dress I was making. Then I spent the other half of the week sick myself.

Not what I was expecting,
but God knows best.

A Bible study I attend on Wednesday mornings is going through the book of James.
We will soon be learning how we should say "if the Lord wills, we will do such and such".
I guess this was preparation to be sure I really got the lesson.