Lesson for December 19, 2020

BLESSINGS AND CURSINGS

Scripture reading: James 3:1-18.

Memory verse: James 3:10.

  1. Should we always be ready to bless even those who do us harm? Romans 12:14.
  2. What does the Bible say about those who do not err in words? James 3:1, 2; Psalms 50:23.
  3. Can we humans tame the tongue? James 3:8.
  4. Can anyone tame the tongue? Colossians 4:6.
  5. Should blessings and cursings proceed from the same mouth? James 3:9-12.
  6. Should we rejoice over the calamity of the wicked? Proverbs 24:17.
  7. What should we do when others revile us? Matthew 5:44, 45.

Note. It is hard to do good deeds to those who we know hate us and talk about us, and spread false-hoods against us. It is harder still to love them. We cannot do these things of ourselves. It is so contrary to the nature of man, he must acquire this change of heart from above. It can be obtained from Him who sends the rain on the just and the unjust, and who loves the vilest sinner, and wants him to be saved. We can overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

  1. Did Jesus commend or rebuke the disciples for wanting to bring judgment on some who opposed them? Luke 9: 51-56
  2. What is said about envy and strife? Does such a spirit come from above? James 3:14-16.

Note. Strife, or even a little argument, over some point in the Bible, will drive the Holy Spirit away, and bring to all present coolness and morbid feelings of unhappiness. It is good to reason together in a loving spirit of investigation. Seek to give to others the knowledge that you have, but in a kind and loving way, so they will accept it.

  1. On whom do the blessings of heaven rest? James 3:18.
  2. What very important commandment is given concerning our speech, and knowledge? 1 Corinthians 1:5.
  3. If everyone in the church would have their utterances so enriched, what would be the result? Verse 7.