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James 3:14-18

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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There is one direction that goes forward-that which progresses and does not stand still or go backwards. There is one direction that goes up not down-that which reaches for higher thoughts and more steady existence. Arguing, picking up habits that leave one hollow, rigidity leaning toward controversies that disrespect independent thoughts which are the fabric of a life-all of this hurts. God is not wanting to be mad at people all the time but He draws people to His way of thinking. He has demands, yes, since He is the supreme ruler. But so does a loving parent draw their child with firmness as well as with love.