Those of us who are of means--and even those who aren't--are often tempted to put more confidence in our future than is reasonable. But planning that ignores God’s providential care is in error.
James' point is pretty clear: don't speak evil against a fellow Christian. But before we glance over it too quickly, let's be sure we understand the meaning of, motivations for, and monition of that command.
James uses the strongest language in his letter to exhort that those who've gone wayward need to change their course.
We usually consider sins of speech to be the minor sins, the "little matters." But the Bible routinely portrays them as awful evils. James is no exception.
Biblical faith is inseparable from good works, but for good works to be good, they must spring from a trust relationship in Jesus Christ.
America is fractured by race, class, age. And the American Church often isn't much better. To 1st Century Christians, James taught that cosmetic favoritism is contrary to faith in Christ.
Like Jesus before him, James argues that truly embracing the Gospel means that things change: If we are called by Christ we must conform to Christ.
Sometimes the meaning of a passage is all too clear. The difficulty is applying it to our lives. So it is here: We must control our tongues and hearts to live lives pleasing to God.
When difficult times come, we often lose sight of the big picture. The Bible teaches, however, that God’s good gift of salvation should be our great fixation in time of trial and tribulation.
We often spend our lives trying to navigate social circles, gaining advancement, fighting for status. But James says a Christian's great satisfactions that a Christian’s status is situated in Christ.
Sometimes what we lack most is not any thing of substance but something of commitment. This passage teaches us is that God supplies our needs through our single-minded devotion.
There's an idea floating around that God only wants health, prosperity, and success, for his people. But according to James, life’s challenges are crafted to make you like Christ.
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