James Four

By John Cortright

Wisdom from above vs earthly wisdom
James 3:13-18
In James 1:5   We were encouraged to ask God if we lack wisdom.  What does godly wisdom look like?

  • Wisdom from above is gentle, pure, peaceable, reasonable, full of mercy, full of good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
  • Wisdom of this world has bitter jealousy; has selfish ambition; is arrogant; lies against the truth; is earthly, natural, and demonic; brings disorder and evil.

Friendship with the world is hostility toward God
James 4:1-4

James 4:1 (ESV)
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?  Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

You lust or covet.  You don’t have because you don’t ask.  You ask and don’t receive due to wrong motives, that you may spend it on pleasures.  Friendship with the world is hostility toward God.
1 John 2:15-17

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble
James 4:5-10
Be humble and mourn.  Don’t be prideful
1 Peter 5:5b-6; Matthew 5:3-4 – Sermon on the Mount; Luke 6:20-21 – Sermon on the plain

Do not judge
James 4:11-12
Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37; Romans 14:4, 10-13

Don’t boast about tomorrow
James 4:13-17
Proverbs 27:1; Luke 12:14-21

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