Keeping the Peace in the Family of God (9 of 13) by Michael Romero

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Keeping the Peace in the Family of God
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
Michael Romero
James 4:1-6

Introduction:

We have been studying through the book of James for the last several weeks using our outline from James 1:19

James 1:19 (NASB95)
19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;

In the first 3 chapters we have covered being "quick to hear" and "slow to speak". Today we turn to the theme of being "slow to anger".

I want to back up to last weeks study on Tongues of Wisdom to review a verse that you may have noticed we didn't touch on. This verse is centered on the word "peace".

James 3:18 (NASB95)
18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

This means that whatever words we say with godly wisdom will be said in peace. They will not be words that create conflict and wars. The fruit of our godly wisdom should be a result of a peaceful person speaking in a peaceful way.

We should be planting seeds in a peaceful way that will lead towards the righteousness of others. In order to do this we ourselves must be peaceful people and not conflictive.

People who are peaceful are people who are "slow to anger". God is a God of peace because He Himself is slow to anger.

Psalm 103:8 (NASB95)
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NASB95)
33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

The ability to bring righteousness through peaceful words and actions is a godly characteristic. If we are children of God this should be a characteristic that we possess.

As you might recall in James chapter 3, personal ambition is the number one cause of confusion instead of peace as well as every evil thing. Now James in chapter 4 is going to take us into a logical and practical look at the result and character of tho ...


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