We're letting God's word do the talking.
James 3: 9 - 18
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father,
and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.
Out of the same mouth come
praise and cursing.
My brothers, this should not be.
fresh and salt water flow from the same spring?
My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?
Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
(I don't normally quote the Message...but it's great here...)
Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom?
Here's what you do:
It's the way you live,
NOT THE WAY YOU TALK, that counts...
mean-spirited ambition isn't wisdom.
Boasting that you are wise isn't wisdom.
Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn't wisdom.
It's the furthest thing from wisdom -
it's animal cunning, devilish conniving.
Whenever you're trying to look better than others or
get the better of others,
things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others' throats.
Real wisdom, God's wisdom,
begins with a
holy life and is characterized by
getting along with others.
It is gentle and reasonable,
overflowing with mercy and blessings,
not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.
You can develop a healthy, robust community
that lives right with God and enjoy its results
only if you do the hard work of getting
along with each other,
treating each other with dignity and honor.
Wow! what would happen if we ACTUALLY did that at church, home, school and work?
People would beat a path to us trying to find out why we live the way we do.