True Wisdom – James 3:13-18
12. True Wisdom recognizes and avoids evil.
Proverbs 4:10-15; Proverbs 8:13; Psalm 34:11-14; 1 John 2:15-17
Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. (Proverbs 4:10-15)
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:11-14)
Study it Out
- When we are actively seeking to hear and obey the truth from God’s Word, we will be able to spot the deceitfulness of sin much more quickly. How does the illustration of a path given in Proverbs give more insight into this concept?
- What emotions should be present within us when faced with evil according to Proverbs 8:13? How can our emotions and affections reveal our beliefs?
- What are some of the natural consequences of choosing evil over that which is right? What are some long-term consequences that may not be immediately felt or seen?