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James (W7D1) Wise & Understanding

Week 7. Monday: Wise and Understanding

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

READ: James 3:13

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Wise and understanding: In the first twelve verses of chapter three James deals with the problem of taming the tongue. Verse thirteen begins with the solution to that problem which is wisdom and humility.

  • Show it by their good life: Wisdom is shown by the kind of life we live. Our wisdom will be visible by the decisions we make and the things we do.

  • Deeds done in the humility: Anything we do for Christ or for others should be done in humility. If our motives are not pure, we will do things to gain attention and acceptance. Jesus taught that those who do the right things with the wrong motives are hypocrites (see Matthew 6:1-6).

  • Comes from wisdom: Humility is a natural result of wisdom.

  • More on Wisdom: James 1:5; Proverbs 1:7; 2:6,12; 3:13; 8:11; 9:11; 11:2

  • More of Humility: Matthew 23:12; Ephesians 4:2; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:6

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

Who do you consider wise and understanding?

Why do you consider them wise and understanding?

Read Proverbs 13:20. What can you do to spend more time learning from those who are wise? Who do you need to spend less time with?

PRAY: Ask God to give you more wisdom and humility.

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