Do you know someone whose life always seems to be in chaos and disorder? Everywhere they go they leave a trail of devastation and loss.
What's different about that person versus someone who makes the world a better place?
James tells us in today's verse of the day in James 3:16.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
This week, we’ve been learning about 2 types of wisdom from James Chapter 3, earthly wisdom and Godly wisdom.
Today, in James 3:16 we learn the fruit that results from a lifestyle that’s lived by worldly wisdom. James say, “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind."
James says that if someone is operating from worldly wisdom, you’ll find disorder and chaos in their home, their marriage and/or their church.
Secondly, someone living from a spirit of earthly wisdom results in a lifestyle full of trouble and evil.
For example, has something like this ever happened to you?
You meet someone new, and the more you’re around them, you begin to notice a recurring trend in their life. The places they’ve been, the groups they’ve been involved in, resulted in a split among the people, like maybe a church split.
Lifestyles were disrupted.
Personal relationships torn apart.
The evil that seemed to follow them and the harm that resulted from their actions were devastating.
They were immoral, dishonest, jealous.
It’s like every action that person made was for earthly, personal gain.
As we learned yesterday, the person almost seems to work from an animal-like instinct, only caring about their own survival, ready to pounce on those who disagree. James says it’s all rooted in pride.
And what you witnessed was a result of someone who followed earthly wisdom, not Godly wisdom.
Before you commit to a new church or a new job, take a look at the leaders.
Look at the fruit of their life. Do you find any of these things we just looked at?
What about in their marriage, in the business, or even the relationships they have with their children?
If you find their life constantly in chaos, this could be a sign that they’re living their life by earthly wisdom.
If I could give you any advice…before committing to a relationship with that person, ask God for wisdom first. And that’s The Simple Truth.
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I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.