Fighting and Fussing (James 3-5)

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18

Are you familiar with the phrase: fighting and fussing? In the mountains of Eastern Kentucky I grew up hearing all kinds of sayings that honestly to outsiders did not make any sense. It was as if we had a language all our own.

When someone was having a hard time in their family, their arguments were often described as fighting and fusing. I thought of this description as I read the first half of our focal text for the day.

James begins chapter three with a detailed discussion concerning the tongue (3:1-12). It is clear from the text that the tongue has great influence. Christians have the power to either speak words that encourage or discourage life.

It seems that James focus is toward those who are fighting and fussing. It seems that there are those who are speaking in the flesh (James 3:14-16)

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.

But at the same time there were those who were speaking out of the wealth of Heaven’s wisdom:

 1But 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.

It has been my experience that when I am fussing and fighting with others, I am speaking in the flesh. It has also been my experience that when I am loving and encouraging, I am speaking in the Spirit of God’s wisdom.

Question: How often do you fight and fuss?

In James 4 we discover our greatest fight is within. We really fuss and fight with others because we lose the battle with our old nature. But this does not have to be our story. James teaches us how to win the war within so that we can live a life of joy and peace. Here is how it must happen:

 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Each day awaken with a heart that says:

  • God, I want your will to be mine.
  • God, I cannot accomplish your will in my strength.
  • God, I am submitting to your power.
  • God, forgive me when I am about me.
  • God, strengthen your Word in my mind and mouth.

Brothers and sisters, now the battle is the Lord’s! Now your day will be filled with wisdom and words that win the battles of this life.

One Response to “Fighting and Fussing (James 3-5)”

  1. Don Says:

    Good morning brother, I was reading a similar thought in 3 John 2 this morning. John was praying prosperity, good health and peace by the Holy Spirit over Gaius because of the testimony concerning Gaius, that he walked in the truth. My prayer for you today is power, protection and provision through the risen Savior as you walk in truth.

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