James- Day 33

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  James 3:16

Today we see the picture of what the results of man’s wisdom is.
This verse ties into what James said in chapter 1, specifically that lust leads to sin, and sin leads to death.  It looks like this:
Lust–>Sin–> Death.

Simliarly in today’s verse we see that envy and self-seeking lead to two different things- confusion and a culture of sin.

Envy + Self-Seeking= Confusion.

Envy + Self Seeking= A sinful culture.

So when we see a culture of confusion, arguments and division we must assume that somewhere envy and self seeking exists.  This does not find its source in God.
In our families, church, and relationships we must be lead by God’s wisdom and not our own.  We must be humble and meek by putting others before ourselves.  Otherwise we will help to create a culture of confusion, strife, arguments and division.