Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Live Faithfully - Week Eight

The Moral of the Story Is...
James 3:13-18

Highlights from this week:
  • Wisdom is revealed by what you do with what you know
  • Wisdom is the ability to judge correctly, taking the best course of action based on knowledge
  • Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
  • Wisdom not demonstrated in righteous acts is as useless as faith without works
  • Bitter envy describes the worst kind of envy, one that completely disregards the feelings and well being of others
  • A Christian who exhibits arrogance reveals a lack of divine wisdom
  • The 3 types of worldly wisdom correspond with our 3 enemies: earthly symbolizes the world, sensual the flesh, and demonic the devil
  • Worldly people are so earthly minded that they are no Heavenly good
  • The self seeking person is selfish and loves to stir up strife in order to get ahead
  • nothing good and everything bad are the results of envy and self seeking
  • One who is gentle will patiently listen and easily yield her will to follow God
  • When we fail to yield to God's will we are likely to wreck our lives
  • Those reconciled to God experience spiritual peace and well being
  • Christinas shouldn't strive to bear fruit, they should simply abide in Christ
  • God often uses His word, His spirit and providential circumstances to prune His children or help them become more productive
Each day this week we started our lesson with a little fable.  I really enjoyed those until the last day. The one about the scorpion and the ladybug still bothers me.  The way the scorpion says he cares about her but at the same time so callously says about stinging her that it is just his nature.  While true, our nature is not to do every single thing that is right in the world, we cannot hide behind that as an excuse for our bad behavior.  God can change our natures, but we must be pliable, then fight against our nature to stay in His will. We don't have to be the scorpion!

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