Sermon: “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
Scripture: James 3:13-16
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler
Scripture and questions for study and reflection:
Read James 3:13-16.
1. This week’s passage is part of a larger narrative describing wisdom from above and wisdom from below, or godly wisdom vs. worldly wisdom. From which wisdom do we get envy? How do we know?
2. James says “where you find envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” Why do you think that is? How have you seen this play out in life?
3. One writer spoke of jealousy and envy, saying, “When taken together, they are the most corroding of all the vices, coals that come hissing hot from hell.” Do you agree with this? Why or why not?
4. Read 1 Samuel 18:5-12. What made Saul so mad about the way people described him versus how they described David? Why did this make him so mad? How did Saul respond? What might have been a better way to respond?
5. Envy was described as “we’re sad when they’re glad and we’re glad when they’re sad.” When have you felt this way in your life? Did feeling this way make your life better or worse? Why?
6. Envy was described as a sin that no one wants to confess. Why do you think that is?
7. Why do you think kindness is considered the virtue that is the antidote to envy? How might this help you in areas of your life where you struggle with envy?
Prayer for the Week:
Lord Jesus, thank you for every good and perfect gift you bestow upon us. Help us to share these gifts with others, so that we might all have everything we need. Teach us to be content with what we have, and not focus on, or worry about, what we don’t have. Lead us not into the temptation and trap of envy, but help us instead to replace envy with kindness. Jesus, you are our Master! You are our King! You are our Savior and our Lord. Help us to live our lives in such a way that this is evident for all to see. May our actions speak even louder than words in proclaiming your love to the world. We pray all of this in your precious, holy and strong name, Lord Jesus. Amen.