"Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom."
James gets specific: "But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (James 3:13-18)."
What does it mean to live faithfully for Christ in unsettling times? What does it mean to live joyfully for Christ amidst the daily messiness of family, friends, neighborhood, and congregation? What does genuine Christianity look like?
Beginning next week and continuing throughout the summer, you will find a blog posted at this site every Monday and Wednesday morning under the title, “A Life Well Lived.” Together, we’ll look at Scripture passages, historical and contemporary examples, provocative quotations, poetry, music, and more.
"Who among you is wise and understanding?” Let’s see if we can find out.
Look for it! I look forward to your feedback and interaction.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Posted by Bradford Mercer at 10:00 AM