So I was reading the book of James in the bible today, and I was struck by how sweet and how encouraging the book is.
In Chapter 1, James tells us that trials are meant to be hard-they give us more strength for the harder things that will come later on. God will never give us more than we can handle.
Chapters 2-3, James describes the relationship between faith and works. He teaches that a person of faith without works demonstrates useless faith. What good is a person’s faith if they don’t present it to the world? We should be telling everyone about our faith! It strikes me that yeah, I tell all of you that I am a christian, but in real life? I really don't talk to my friends about it.
A believer’s good works are evidence of their faith in Jesus Christ. He also teaches that everyone is a sinner and that if one of the 10 Commandments are broken, than that person is guilty of breaking every one of them, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (2:10).
In Chapters 4-5, James gives wise instruction to believers. He said, “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you”(4:7).
A faithful believer will desire to follow hard after God in service, obedience, and prayer. In the last chapter James stresses the weight and magnitude of prayer for every believer. He uses the word “Prayer” 7 times, signifying its importance. In the final verse of his book James expresses the magnitude of living faith in action saying:
“My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (5:19-20).
I really love the book of James. I wish it was longer so that I could read more of it.
What is all of you guys' favorite book of the bible? Please let me know :)
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