# Potential of Perfection James 3:2

“The Potential of Perfection”


TEXT: James 3:2


Self interests prevent perfection.

Perfection is unattainable if our only motivation is self-centered; our motivation must be God-centered. For a life to be God-centered, it must first be God-sensitive.


Genesis 10:12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

John 10:1 ¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.



      I. A Prideful City - “The Same is a Great City” Gen. 10:12

                definition of Resen: to curb, restrain ------- halter, bridle

  halt: hesitance, imperfect progress

               a. Nineveh---Resen---Calah

                     Jonah 1:2; 3:2, 3; 4:11  


               b. Calah---to be complete, maturity, full {old} age

                     Job 5:26; 30:2


               c. Ham ---the middle son of Noah

                             Shem    Ham   Japheth

                  definition of Ham: to enflame self

                   Ps. 105:23, 27; 106:22


     II. A Pitiful Case - “The Same is a Thief and a Robber”


         Acting through motives of self interest alone is highly criminal before God.



                   1. Thieves —what’s yours is mine—I’ll take it.

                   2. Priest and Levite —what’s mine is mine—I’ll keep it.

                   3. Good Samaritan —what’s mine is yours—I’ll give it.


     III. A Perfect Man - “The Same is a Perfect Man”

                   1. Offend not in word v.2

                   2. Bridle the whole body ““

                   3. A wise man—good, clear, honest thinking v.13

                   4. Endued with knowledge ““

                   5. A good conversation—behavior, conduct ““

                   6. Meekness of wisdom—character ““