STP (Study, Trust, Pray) for September 16, 2021
A Quiet Yes to God
“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. 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 plotting. 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. 17-18 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. 4 1-2 Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. 2-3 You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way. 7-8a So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him make himself scarce. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.”—James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a MSG
Today we have this week’s scripture from The Message Translation. The scripture begins by asking, “Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom?” The scripture answers the question saying, “Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly.” It goes on to say that it isn’t the way you live or talk that’s important, it begins by living a holy life and it can be seen in how we get along with others. Getting along well with others is getting down to the basics of following God. When we say a quiet yes to God, we will love our neighbors as God loves us and we will get along with His other children in our world. We will learn about forgiveness and what it means to forgive and accept forgiveness.
Lord, help us to say yes to your word…Amen.
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Today’s Memory Verse: ““Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.”—James 3:13 MSG
Be counted as wise, blessings and prayers…