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James 3:13-4:10: Keeping the Peace

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of James.

Why do people who love each other the most often fight the most too? Husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters—it's all too common. James offers a valuable remedy for this sickness.

Warming Up to God

How have you gotten caught up in fighting recently? If that conflict continues to be a concern to you, talk to God about it. Ask God to clear your mind of anger and distrust so that you can focus on his healing Word.

Read James 3:13-4:10

Discovering the Word

  • In 3:13-18 James discusses earthly and heavenly wisdom. What are the characteristics of each?
  • What does James say is the source of quarrels (4:1-2)?
  • What does James say is necessary to come to God in prayer? (vv. 3-10)?
  • What does it mean to be humble, to submit to God (vv.6-7)?
  • In verses 7-10 James gives several suggestions for humbling ourselves before God. How does each contribute to a humble spirit?

Applying the Word

  • As you look at 4:3, what might be examples of right and wrong motives in your prayer?
  • In what area are you an enemy of God (see v. 4 and consider your attitude toward material possessions, friends, study or work, and leisure time)? How can you restore your relationship to him?
  • In what situations could humility help you become a source of peace? Explain.

Responding in Prayer

Take a few minutes to quietly humble yourself before God. Ask him to help you become a peacemaker.

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