[Linux4christians] James 3:1-18 (Thursday)
pastordavid at bibleseven.com
Wed Dec 9 23:04:59 EST 2009
*James 3:1-18 (Thursday)*
"Not many of you should become teachers ..."
[Note: One who accepts any role of authority in the
transmission of God's word to those who will trust them must
be aware that God defends His Word. Those who sit under
ones teaching have a right to presume accountability and
sound "scholarship" from their teacher - for they are
expected to submit to that authority - and though they be
"good Bereans" and check the Word they are vulnerable to
subtle deception - via carelessness or intentional deceit.
God takes a dim view of those who mistreat His "children"!]
James notes that "... we all stumble in many ways" and that
"... no human being can subdue the tongue".
[Note: This is why James warns against becoming teachers
because the care necessary to minimize error is extraordinary.]
James requires that those who claim to be "... wise and
understanding" evidence "... good conduct" via "...
good works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings."
James then contrasts false claims of wisdom, "... earthy,
natural, demonic" with "wisdom from above".
"... bitter jealousy"
"...selfishness in your hearts"
"... disorder and every evil practice"
"... first pure"
"... full of mercy"
"... full of ... good fruit"
"... not hypocritical"
"And the fruit that consists of righteousness is
planted in peace among those who make peace."
*Consider* the desire of God that all who teach be committed
to the integrity of the Word of God, thus to protect His
"sheep" from the harm of careless and/or false beliefs.
*Discuss* the incredible power of the tongue to both condemn
and praise other believers and to disrespect and praise God.
*Reflect* upon the lists of the fruits of false and genuine
sources of wisdom; do you find any in your life which
require attention to relocate from false to genuine?
*Share* an example of the incredible power of the tongue to
both condemn and praise other believers and to disrespect
and praise God.
*Truth in Action*
Today I am choosing to allow the Holy Spirit to identify at
least one place in my life where I have been careless as a
teacher, careless in my words, or careless as to the source
of wisdom. I agree to partner with the Holy Spirit, with
the prayerful accountability of a fellow believer, to get
things right with God.
*Be Specific* ________________________________________
Friday's text will be: James 4
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
Senior Pastor (Interim) Bethel Missionary Baptist
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