James – Session 7 (James 3:13-18)

Our Discernment

What kind of environment fosters spiritual growth? James seeks to help us understand how the environment around us can either hinder our spiritual growth or help it. James 3:13-18 helps us to understand what kind of person is needed to develop spiritual growth.

The Study: Here are some questions to think through as you process this passage for this coming Sunday:

  • How does James begin this passage: with a question or a statement? (3:13)
  • What is the determining factor for someone who is wise and understanding? (3:13)
  • Where does James say bitter jealousy and selfish ambition come from? (3:15)
  • What is the result of jealousy and selfish ambition? (3:16)
  • How many characteristics are given of wisdom from above? (3:17)
  • Which one of those characteristics of wisdom from above is most attractive to you? Why? (3:17)
  • What is the ultimate result of the person who seeks righteousness? (3:18)

As the Lord leads, read through James 3. Meditate and reflect on the James 3:13-18 passage. Hide God’s Word in your heart by memorizing James 3:17. Will be looking forward to worshiping with you Sunday.

The Memory Verse: James 3:17, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

The Passage: James 3:13-18 (ESV)

[3:13] 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. (ESV)