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Pastor Gearl Spicer, March 10, 2024
Part of the Ready For The Adventure series, preached at a Sunday Online service

James 3:13–18

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Sermon Notes

Ready For The Adventure
Ready to Behave
James 3:13-18

Are you wise enough to make the right choices?

Behavior – The insight to choose what brings glory to God

What kind of seed are you sowing?

*Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his good behavior for his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. James 3:13

*But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. James 3: 17

*And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18

Power of wise choices –
I. The gentleness of wisdom – James 3:13
A. Attitude becoming of a Christian
B. Choices that verify wisdom

II. The challenge of earthly wisdom- James 3:14-16
A. Envy – Jealousy over issues in life
B. Ambition – Life on your own terms
C. Pride – Choosing arrogance as a disposition
D. Disaster – Deceptive choices

III. The fruit of heavenly wisdom – James 3:17
A. Purity – Holy life
B. Peace – Clean heart
C. Gentleness – Sweet graciousness
D. Reasonable – choosing wisely
E. Mercy – Blessings beyond what we deserve
F. Focus – Faithful and decisive
G. Sincerity – Beyond hypocrisy

IV. The blessing of a righteous life – James 3:18
*Choosing a life of peace is a choice that leads to confidence and fruit!
Are you walking in wisdom?