James 3: 13-16

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“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom?

Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise is not wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom – it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving.

Whever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.”

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Tagalog Translation

13 Sino ang marunong at matalino sa inyo? ipakita niya sa pamamagitan ng mabuting kabuhayan ang kaniyang mga gawa sa kaamuan ng karunungan. 14Nguni’t kung kayo’y mayroong mapapait na paninibugho at pagkakampikampi sa inyong puso, ay huwag ninyong ipagmapuri at huwag magsinungaling laban sa katotohanan. 15Hindi ito ang karunungang bumababa mula sa itaas, kundi ang nauukol sa lupa, sa laman, sa diablo.16Sapagka’t kung saan mayroong paninibugho at pagkakampikampi, ay doon mayroong kaguluhan at lahat ng gawang masama. 17Nguni’t ang karunungang buhat sa itaas, ay una-una’y malinis saka mapayapa, banayad, madaling panaingan, puspos ng kaawaan at ng mabubuting bunga, walang inaayunan, walang pagpapaimbabaw. 18At ang bunga ng katuwiran ay natatanim sa kapayapaan sa mga nagsisigawa ng kapayapaan.

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Live well, live wisely, live humbly.

Happy New Year!!

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