Welcome to the study of the book of James, Week five!! I am so glad that you are here and I hope you will be totally blessed beyond anything that you could ever imagine!!
I hope that you will take advantage of the Free printable that I am including in this faith-study.
I want this faith-study to be doable for the busy mom with littles as well as the mom who works from home, outside of her home, or the empty nester. We need to daily get into God’s Word in order not to backslide but without taking an hour or two. Most of us do not have the luxury of that much time!!
Let’s dig right in!!
Does Envying and Strife Live in Your Heart?
We all put on our best ‘face’ and smile and talk sweet for our friends and people we meet. It is just the right thing to do.
But once you walk in the door of your home, what face do you show then?
I’ll have to be honest. Sometimes after having a wonderful time, I would walk into my home and see everything that needed to be done and everything the children hadn’t done!
Toys and school books would be scattered.
Dirty dishes filled the sink.
Gravel was tracked into the kitchen from outside.
Sooner than you know it the kids were out-of-sorts!!
I had to learn some lessons that the Holy Spirit taught me. The best lessons are the ones when we are taught of the Lord. It is so much harder when I had to learn those lessons through my husband.
I had to learn that it was my sharp words that affected the whole atmosphere of my home. I so wanted to be wholeheartedly peaceful and loving but too often the air became tense because of me.
Even when I managed to keep my mouth shut, my spirit would be transferred to the others in the room and strife would ensue.
Now that you know that I have struggled too, I want you to be honest with yourself as we look at these 5 short verses tucked away in the middle of the book of James.
Read James 3:13-18 thoughtfully and prayerfully.
Does this resonate with you? This is a humbling passage because if you are young and raising children, unless you totally have it together, you struggle. At least sometimes.
These are just a few short verses so it is easy to read and meditate on them carefully. You might want my printable for this passage before you go further. I think it will help you.
There are only six verses in this passage but they are packed with wisdom that will help you to wholeheartedly live in your home.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13)
This verse shows how we should be living.
Strife in Your Heart
I am sure you are a wise woman or at least learning and desiring to become one. We are to show our faith through our works. It is through our conversation that you will show what is in your heart. What you say shows your meekness and wisdom.
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (James 3:14)
Like I had to realize, that my spirit showed what was in my heart without my even saying a word. Bitter envying and strife is there in your heart before anything comes out of your mouth.
If you are having trouble with that tense feeling that can flare up and lash out, even if it is sometimes and behind closed doors, there is hope!!
- Be sober about it. This is a serious matter. That is why it says, ‘glory not.’
- Be honest. If the truth is that you have strife in your heart, just be truthful about it being there.
Envying in Your Heart
Just thought that the definition of envy sheds an interesting light on the subject!!
Envy: is a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.
As a woman, I often don’t have confidence and it is constantly a temptation to compare myself with others.
Do you do this?
We should never compare ourselves to another woman but have our identity in Christ.
On the outside our friend might seem to have a beautiful house that is all sparkling clean and decluttered. She dresses in a way that we wish we could too.
I want to encourage you to take these thoughts into captivity so that they don’t end up coming out as envy. You are created just the way God intended you to be and He will grow you to be enough in Him.
There is nothing good about envying and strife. It isn’t godly. It is earthly and totally evil. Let’s clean it all out of our life with the blood of Jesus!!
Walking in Meekness and Wisdom
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:17-18)
These last two verses sums up this passage perfectly.
These are the qualities that I want the Holy Spirit to work in me with my interactions with my husband, children, and others.
- Easy to be entreated (when someone asks us for earnestly or anxiously asks us to do something)
- Full of mercy
- Good fruits
- Without partiality
- Without hypocrisy
- Fruit of righteousness
- Sowing in peace
- Peace maker
I know that this might have dug deeper into your heart than you may have wanted to go.
Maybe you don’t have this issue with envy or strife in your life. Praise God! You might know someone who would be encouraged with this discussion and this might encourage her.
What other ways is God speaking to your heart through these verses?
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