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Week 7 - Day 1

Read James 3:13-18. Today we will focus on v. 13.

1. What proves that a person is wise (3:13)? Be specific in your description.

2. What do you learn about “gentleness” (NET, NASB), “humility” (NIV), or “meekness” (KJV, NKJV) from these verses?
a. Mt. 11:29
b. 2 Cor. 10:1
c. Mt. 5:5

Stronger Jeans (optional): Use your study tools or bible.org to look up the Greek word for gentleness or meekness in James 3:13. What do you learn?

What is wisdom anyway? Ethel Barrett puts it as “the ability to take the facts and relate them to your life, to put them into action.” Hiebert says that the word wise “described the individual who possessed moral insight and skill in deciding practical issues of conduct.” Wisdom is about Blue Jean Faith—it’s practical!

3. How are James 3:13 and James 2:14-18 similar?

4. What do these cross-references say about the importance of living out the kinds of good deeds that would prove wisdom?
a. 1 Peter 2:12
b. 1 Peter 3:1-2
c. 1 Peter 3:16

5. Sharing Question: Perhaps James is challenging you with his question in 3:13. In what areas have you considered yourself wise? Your parenting, your success at work, your marriage, your money? (Let’s face it; we all have areas where we feel we are smart! Or at least smarter than others. Do you pass James’ test for wisdom? Why or why not?

6. Responding to God question: Talk to God about what He has shown you today about wisdom. What area of your life does not reflect that kind of wisdom? Write your thoughts down below.

3 comments:

Twisting His Arm said...

I am good with money, time, and my physical health. Something I have been working on for a LONG time is being a Chameleon. I tend to change my opinions/character with whoever I am with at the moment. Currently it isn’t such a problem because I surround myself with Godly people but that won’t always be the case. It reminds me of the scripture that states ‘God doesn’t change like shifting shadows’. I need to be unmovable when it comes to God’s Truths and not be so easily persuaded. God has really called me to work on this and has given me a period of ‘peace’ to allow me some time to build a strong and unmoving foundation. Having a strong foundation will help me from faltering with future trials.

Sohl Gal said...

I think I pass the test in some areas, and fail in others. For the most part, I have a servant's heart, but struggle with patience and kindness to those closest to me. I'm working each day to be sure my words and actions are God-pleasing, and to be sure that I make God's time a priority over the other things vying for my time.

jjdsc said...

Sometimes my actions show wisdom and sometimes, I do just plain foolish things. I'm still continuing seeking wisdom even in the things that I thought I have mastered already.