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Today we’ll finish chapter 1 of the book of James.
So far, we’ve learned that James is the half-brother of Jesus and he is writing a letter to the Jewish Believers that have been scattered from Israel during heavy persecution against the church.
Christians were being persecuted by devout Jewish leaders as well as Rome.
Life’s trials produce perseverance in those who patiently endure testing.
If we need wisdom on how to endure, ask God for it, but your trust must be fully in God alone.
If we have a heart that wants to believe and surrender our will to God, he will give us an understanding mind that can produce a joyful attitude through difficult trials of life.
Ultimately, James is directing his readers to understand the pathway to spiritual maturity.
He reassures his readers that the testing God allows us to go through is to strengthen our faith, to prove we are his.
When we’re tempted, we must not blame God.
Temptation is from our own desires.
Temptation is not sin, but acting on it is.
Our own desires tempt us to sinful actions which results in the birth of death.
But God has chosen to give birth to us by giving us his true word.
We have become his prized possession.
Please follow along with me as I read
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word.
You must do what it says.
Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.
24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.
25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Quick, Slow, Slow
I want to go back to the word wisdom for just a moment.
Often times when I hear the word wisdom, I think of someone who is wise.
Seems natural, right.
I often equate “wisdom” with “knowledge” but that’s wrong.
Knowledge is not wisdom, but wisdom includes knowledge.
Knowledge + good judgement + understanding + action = wisdom.
Wisdom is putting action to right information in good judgement, understanding the true outcome of the applied action.
Keep that in the back of your head.
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