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. – James 3:13-18
Do I have jealousy in my heart? Am I selfish? Do I want things for my own good while not thinking of others?
“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” (verse 16)
Is there disorder in my life?
Has God graciously pointed out to me that I have bitter jealousy and vile (unpleasant, wicked) thoughts and actions?
Jealousy and selfish ambition is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. (verse 15)
We want the wisdom of God, which is pure, peacable, gentle, open to reason, merciful, fruitful, impartial, and sincere. (17)
God, may we be ones who make peace. Take away the bitterness, the jealousy, and the selfishness among us. We don’t want that anymore and we are not holding onto it. We want purity, peace, gentleness, and reasonableness. Help us to be merciful, produce good fruit, and to be sincere. Amen.