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Read Introduction to James

 

“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.”
 
 
When people have attitudes of “bitter envy” and “self-seeking” in their hearts, they will boast and will lie against the truth. 
do not boast
The person who boasts is someone who wants to triumph over others. This is evil exultation over other people. He likes to downgrade others to exalt himself and clearly regards himself as superior or would like to regard himself as superior to others. We demand attention from others. 
PRINCIPLE: 
Personal pride violates God’s glory and diminishes people around us. 
APPLICATION: 
Some people glory in the fact that they can win an argument. They want to win at all costs. When this invades the church, God will not use that church for His glory because this attitude diminishes others. 
The focus of our glory should be in the Lord. 
1 Co 1:31 “…that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.’”

 

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