Keep Your Head Up

July 18, 2004

James 3:13-18

“Who is wise and understainding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

-you were not supposed to die dumber than you were born
-by keeping your head up, focused on wisdom from above, you can stop letting people down
-when peopel enter into your life, do they come out a better person or a more broken person?

2 Kinds of Wisdom:

1. Earthly, selfish wisdom

-using people for your own benefit
-ambition is natural and good, selfish ambition puts our own good above the good of others
-every time you are motivated by selfish ambition you will devistate those around you and those you love the most

2. Heavenly, godly wisdom

-you can measure your wisdom by the number of healthy relationships and friendships that are around you
-we intuitively know that wisdom is about creating healthy relationships
-people who risk trusting you with their lives, those people who are honest and intimate with you, are they better off for having known you or do they leave more broken?

-when you don’t keep your head up, you let those you love most down
-treat people as those who have the highest value of all things
-wisdom sees the implications of the choices we make; what goes around comes around; you reap what you sow


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