A Street Level Faith: Wise Living... (Book of James)

A Street Level Faith: Book of James

“Wise Living from Godly Wisdom”

James 3:13-18



James 3:13-18

“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. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”



 1.  The Proof of Wisdom

James 3:13; Ecclesiastes 5:3; Proverbs 10:19; James 1:5


  • Mark of Wisdom: Goodness (Behavior)
  • Mark of Wisdom: Gentleness


 2.  The Pattern of Wisdom   (Earthly/Worldly/Demonic)

James 3:14-16; Matthew 11:29


  • Evil in its Operation
  • Evil in its Origin
  • Evil in its Outcome


 3.  The Practice of Wisdom  (Godly/ Up Above Wisdom)

James 3:17-18; Proverbs 14:29, 20:3, 15:26; Romans 15:1-3; Galatians 6:2; Proverbs 12:15; Isaiah 43:25; Proverbs 17:9


6 Seeds to Sow for Wise Living:

  • Purity—I won’t compromise the Truth
  • Peacefulness—I won’t be easily offended
  • Gentleness—I won’t be inconsiderate
  • Persuadable—I won’t be defensive
  • Merciful—I won’t be judgmental
  • Sincere/Impartial—I won’t despise the differences of others

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