13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. – James 3:13-18
At the close of his excellent commentary of James, Be Mature, Warren Wiersbe asks some questions. The are obviously related to the material covered in the Book of James, but they are applicable to us all. I have split a couple of questions, but here is one of the most searching tests that I have ever seen:
1. Am I becoming more and more patient with the testings of life?
2. Do I play with temptation or resist it from the start?
3. Do I find joy in obeying the Word of God, or do I merely study and learn it?
4. Are there any prejudices that hamper me?
5. Am I able to control my tongue?
6. Am I a peacemaker instead of a troublemaker?
7. Do people come to me for spiritual wisdom?
8. Am I a friend of God or a friend of the world?
9. Do I make plans without considering the will of God?
10. Am I selfish when it comes to money?
11. Am I faithful in paying my bills and meeting my obligations?
12. Do I naturally depend on prayer with I find myself in some kind of trouble?
13. Am I the kind of person THAT others seek for prayer support?
14. What is my attitude toward an erring brother; do I criticize or gossip or do I seek to restore him in love?
15. Am I just growing older, or am I growing in spiritual maturity?
– Taken from Charles Wood, The Woodchuck’d Den