How to Live a Good Life [James 3:13 Devotional]

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How to Live a Good Life [James 3:13 Daily Devotional]

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

James 3:13

James, the brother of Jesus and author of this letter, is issuing a challenge to the church in ancient Jerusalem and to us today. If we claim to be wise or understanding, we have to prove it with our lives.

We should also note that wisdom isn’t to be used to puff up our egos. Instead, we need to recognize that wisdom and understanding exist for us to use to serve others and work toward becoming more humble.

How to Live a Good Life

This author is well known for his practical writing, and this verse is no exception. In order for you to show your wisdom and understanding, you must live a “good life.” Don’t misunderstand this, though. However, living a “good life” doesn’t mean you have to earn your salvation – that’s impossible. But what James means here is that your life should be lived as an outworking of Jesus’s salvation for you.

You’re not saved by your deeds, but you are saved for the good work that the Lord has set out before you. That should tell you that James wants you to serve others in humility. You can do that by putting other people before you and show your wisdom and understanding to the world.


Father, thank you for understanding and wisdom. Help me to gain more of it by walking out my salvation and serving others. Give me the strength to grow in humility, always thinking about others more than myself. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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