Devotions for January 22, 2016

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James 3:13-18

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What does James say we should NOT do about secret jealousy? What does jealousy and selfish ambition breed?

Q: Are you guilty of hiding bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart? According to verse 17, what is the opposite to those things?

Q: Do you have a godly individual in your life that you can confess any hidden bitterness, jealousy, or selfish ambition that you might have?

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