by Dave Gustavsen

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Series: The Book of James - Faith Does
Dave Gustavsen
James 3:13-18

We're taking these weeks leading up to Christmas to walk through the book of James. And we've been saying every week that James gives us a vision of what life could look like if we lived out our faith. So in chapter one he talked about how faith changes the way we handle pain and disappointment. In chapter two he talked about how faith changes the way we favor some people and devalue others. And then in chapter three he talked about how faith changes how we communicate-whether it's talk, text, tweet, or whatever-faith in Christ gives us the ability to make people's lives better through our words.

So today we're going to continue in chapter three. And James basically puts his finger on the thing that makes or breaks relationships. And that's a really big deal. Don't you think?

Think about the relationships in your life. Your relationship with your friends. Your relationship with your husband or wife, if you're married-or with your boyfriend or girlfriend, if you're dating. Would you say those relationships close and strong, or more distant and surface? Or your relationship with your brothers and sisters-how's that? Or your parents? Or with your kids, if you have kids? How do those relationships feel? Here's a good test: when you think about getting together with them this Thursday, what's your gut reaction? Does it make you happy to think about it, or are you going to grit your teeth and get through it-finish dinner and get to the football game as quickly as possible?

So we're going to hear James talk about this one thing that makes all the difference in relationships. Here we go-James 3, beginning in verse 13:

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the trut ...

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