James & the Path to all Joy and Flourishing, when I die to self

James 3:13-18

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

The importance of Confession

But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.”

It is not wise to keep up the image that “my feet don’t touch the ground”  That is boastful and only creates an identity that I can’t sustain.

“Who is wise and understanding (in their own option?)”

I have set the bar for my self worth to be based on my perfect performance and that is folly.  It also dishonours Christ’s sacrifice.  If I could have ever attained perfection why would He have ever suffered so much?

“For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.”

Warning!! Warning!!! This applies to marriage.  They are to abound with grace, love, long-suffering, and mercy or we are doomed!!!!

There may never be a space in your life that requires a death to self like your marriage will need from you.  Truthfulness and vulnerability, are the keys that will unlock intimacy in your marriage.  So allow your spouse to see your fears and your ambitions,  your victories and your struggles.  Be known and know the Joy that comes from sharing a honest identity.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure,”

Every blessing and every direction from above is PURE.  Uncontaminated by selfish ambition.  Never lacking in wisdom.  It see the whole picture.  God is always impartial because He is for His plans and loves all His childern.

“a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.”

To behave righteously I must die to self and become humble.  That the wisdom I glean and the love I absorb must translate into actions that display humility and impartiality.  This is the cure for selfish ambition and jealousy and insecurity.

Your potential power to bring Peace comes with walking out of your comfort zone and into the path of righteousness.  Stepping out and bringing the Good news that God loves His people and will bring them life, is our calling.  It is our destiny to hear and receive and repay it again and again with the  fulfilling of the Gospel. Accepting and sharing the message that grants a chance at wisdom.  It is the work of the Gospel rolling off our lips with Holy power that brings life and joy.

The wisdom of accepting that we are not the point of this whole existence is to be held close to our hearts and ever in our minds.  Accepting that, God is for God.  God love His children and God has directed us to understand that Joy comes with understanding we are not the point.  That would be a burden to heavy for us to bare.

Wisdom is understanding that we are helpless with our our saviour, so worship Him and allow the work of the Gospel to guide your steps.

Bring the peace that accompanies a selfless heart, passionate about the vision of the gospel.

This is the message of James…

 

 

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