Main point summary
Be glad in your trials knowing that it is perfecting you and be confident that God will bless you with the crown of eternal life. Also, let your lives produce God's righteousness by doing what God's word tells you to do.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
Here are God's words for you, through James, to the Church.
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. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Again, rejoice in your lowly state, for God, who loves to give good and perfect gifts, will give you the crown of life if you remain steadfast in your trial.
Put away wickedness and receive God's word, doing what it says, which is seen clearly in compassion and holiness
Be joyful knowing that trials will perfect you, but if you still lack something ask God.
Be filled with joy in the midst of your trials, because they will lead you to lacking nothing.
If you lack wisdom, ask God for it, knowing that He gives generously.
Let the lowly be joyful in the reward he receives and the rich in his judgment.
The man who remains steadfast in his trial will receive a great reward. Do not say that God is leading you to sin by the trial, but know that your own sinful desires are tempting you.
Don't be deceived into thinking that God would tempt you to sin, because every good gift comes from him and he even saved us by his own choice. He is so good to you!!!
Be quick to listen, speak with self-control, and have a long fuse, because anger does not produce Godly character. Therefore put away all sinful filth and take to heart the word you have heard.
Don't just listen to Gods word, but do what it tells you to do.
True and pure religion affects our actions. Meaning we walk in compassion and holiness.
[ vs. 22-25] We need to be doers of the word. The messages we hear, the passages we read, and the worship songs we listen to are all useless they transform our way of life. We will deceive ourselves if we think all we need to do is check off a box for hearing a good sermon. Yes, that passage you read this morning may be powerful, but if it doesn't change your actions then what is its worth. It's actually very foolish to not walk in obedience. It will harden your heart by making you satisfied with what your ears are hearing. You will be like someone who forgets what they look like!! Let us heed James' exhortation by looking at who he learned it from. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24, “ Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock."