Main point summary
Those whose faith endures through trials will receive eternal life from the loving and faithful God who is the give of perfect gifts and who brings about this life through the gospel of Christ being applied to our lives.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
James to the twelve tribes: Greetings.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness.
Endure trials with faith because their testing produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Because steadfastness, when allowed to take full effect, produces completeness and fulfillment.
j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
If anyone lacks wisdom he is to ask God in faith. God will answer the prayer of the faithful, but not the prayer of those who doubt his goodness and ability.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
Those who are low should boast in their exaltation in Christ; those who are rich should avoid pride because their earthly prestige will pass away in the face of Christ.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him.
The one who remains steadfast in trials will receive a crown of life from the loving and faithful God.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
God is not the source of temptation - instead this comes from our evil desires, which give birth to sin when they are allowed to grow.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1
God is the giver of perfect gifts - there is no evil in him at all.
c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
God brought us about as His people freely by the gospel.
g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
We are to listen with grace and not anger because our anger does not produce godly righteousness.
Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls.
Instead we are to receive the soul-saving gospel with humility.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing.
We are to be doers of the word - hearing alone is useless, but doers will be blessed by their application of the gospel to their lives.
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
Those who think they are religious but have no self control are deceived; true religion shows itself in merciful acts and a heart rooted in and guarded by the gospel.
God brought us about as His people through the gospel.
Therefore we are to receive the gospel with humility, and we are to live it out with mercy.
We must endure trials with faith.
We must ask for wisdom in faith.
We are to boast in Christ and avoid foolish pride.
He who is steadfast in trials will receive a crown of life from God.
Enduring trials with joy is possible because God has promised a crown of life to those who do so. But what does the faith that can endure trials with joy look like? 1. It asks God for wisdom when it is lacking. 2. It brings this request to God in faith - not doubting his ability or his willingness. 3. It boasts in Christ and not in any earthly prestige or ability. And why trust this God who works through trials? 1. Because God is not the source of evil but is a giver of good gifts - even trials are a gift from this loving and perfect Father. 2. Because God has made us His people through the power of the gospel - so we are to receive it with humility and live it out.