True Wisdom – James 3:13-18
7. True Wisdom produces wholesome behavior.
Ephesians 4:17-32; Psalm 1; Titus 2:11-14; Proverbs 4
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
Study it Out
- Using the passages above, list out the specific actions that should flow out of the life of a believer in Christ. How do these contrast to the fruit of earthly wisdom found in James 3?
- Think through some natural and even physical benefits of living a life of wholesome behavior. How does this reveal God’s character?