Epistle: James 3:13-4:10 Sunday 9-23-2012

Wisdom from Above
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his
works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish
ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the
wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For
where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile
practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to
reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of
righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Warning Against Worldliness
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your
passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You
covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do
not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your
passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is
enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes
himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture
says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he
gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the
humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you
sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and
weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble
yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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