Read. James 3:14-17
14 However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above. Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic. 16 Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. 17 What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine.
Reflect. James devoted a good part of his letter to the effects, positive and negative, of our speech and the inner sources from which that speech springs. He noted that “bitter jealousy and selfish ambition” can wreck any relationship, including those in a family. But he was equally convinced that true wisdom comes “from above,” and that divine wisdom will surely shape our souls in ways that create peaceful, generous living.
• Scholar William Barclay noted, “There is a kind of person who is undoubtedly clever, with
acute brain and skilful tongue; but his effect, nevertheless, in ... any group, is to cause trouble and to disturb personal relationships. It is sobering thing to remember that the wisdom he possesses is devilish rather than divine.” Have you ever known (or been) a person like that? What does it take to turn that kind of intelligence and skill in speech to more positive purposes?
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Our current teaching series, The Power of Words, was adapted from a series developed by our partners at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and used with permission. Many of the resources and graphics are provided by our partners. During this series, our Read.Reflect.Pray guide publishes the daily devotional guide (called Grow, Pray, Study) from our partners with minor adaptation.