James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8


13 Are any of you wise and understanding?  Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom.  14 However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth.  15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above.  Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic.  16 Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil.  17 What of the wisdom from above?  First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine.    18 Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.


3 You ask and don’t have because you ask with evil intentions, to waste it on your own cravings.  7 Therefore, submit to God.  Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.  8 Come near to God, and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners.  Purify your hearts, you double-