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How to Get Along with Others (8 of 14)
Series: Christianity in Shoeleather
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
James 3:13-18; 4:1-12
September 16, 2007
We are back in the Proverbs of the New Testament .. and of course that would be the book of James thinking under the heading: CHRISTIANITY IN SHOELEATHER! The book of James should be bound in shoe leather. You talk about a practical book! Chapter by chapter .. he hits us square between the eyes with biblical truth for everyday living.
For instance .. in chapter 2 he explains how faith and works go together. Not that works save .. but those that are saved will have works! Yes .. we are saved by faith alone .. but the faith that saves is never alone!
In other words .. works are not a requirement for salvation .. they are the result of salvation. James puts it this way in 2.18, "But someone will say, 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."
Just because I say that I'm saved doesn't make me saved. It's one thing to have a SAY-SO salvation .. it's something else to have a SHOW-SO salvation! A saving faith is revealed in our WORKS .. in our WORDS ... and beginning in 3.13 and following .. we find that saving faith is also seen in our WISDOM.
3.13-18, "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in meekness. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exists, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."
What we need is the kind of wisdom that turns it's back on envy and self-seeking and embrace the wisdom that's from above. Here's the fruit of wisdom from above: "pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." Remember .. the way we treat others reveals what we believe about God! And it's by the way we treat others is what most people will come to believe about our God. You see .. it's true: we are saved by faith alone .. but the faith that saves is never alone!
And that's so important when it comes to getting along with others. 3.16, "For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there."
Several years ago there was a sea captain who began arguing with his chief engineer about who was the most important to the ship. They decided to swap places of responsibility to prove the other wrong.
So .. the Captain went below to the engine room and the Chief Engineer went up to the bridge. After a couple of hours .. the Captain su ...
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