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


Homemanager said...

I've been reading "the sermon on the mount" by Sinclair Ferguson and he talks a great deal about the Law and it's place with the Gospel. One of the interesting connections was to this passage your shared from Galatians 5. Did you notice that it says, "...against such there is no law."
He connects this with the two commandments that the Lord Love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. He basically sums it all up in saying that Love is the fulfillment of the law. Love is listed first in the fruit of the Spirit as well...

Love, Mum :)

Polka Dotted Pickles said...

Hola! Good verse. You should lend me that program you are talking about to figure out classes. :) Have a great week!

Polka Dotted Pickles said...

I agree that college kids are weird to relieve stress.