True Wisdom – James 3:13-18
23. True Wisdom does not partner with fools.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:1-14
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Ephesians 5:6-11)
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:33-34)
Study it Out
- What is the difference between having Gospel relationships with unbelievers and partnering with fools? How can you ensure that you are doing the first and avoiding the second? How does a proper view of this actually aid in your witness according to 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 and 1 Corinthians 15:33-34?
- Why does an understanding of the community shared by members of the Trinity help us understand our need for community with other believers? What are some of the benefits of having close relationships with those who are also seeking heavenly wisdom?
- What is the danger of spending large amounts of time with foolish people according to the passages you read? Thinking back to previous studies on the natural condition of the human heart, why is it easy to fall in line with foolishness when continually exposed to it?