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This passage follows right on the heels of last weeks passage about the importance of being careful with our speech. How do we avoid envy and selfish ambition? Perhaps when we befriend God, we value the way God calls us to live. We lean into God’s way of being in the world – we value it above our own desires and way of doing things.
Scripture: James 3:13-4:8
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.