It’s a new week and another chance to get it right.
So I have been studying the book of James for the past month and I finally completed it yesterday and so I decided to have a blog post on it, mainly focusing on the main things I have learnt.
The Book of James speaks a lot about faith. James challenges us to act like God’s people. He stresses that a life of faith touches every area of our lives from trials and temptations, to wisdom and works, to hearing and doing God’s word, to controlling our tongues and our desire for money. James addresses every area of a believer’s life and pushes them to produce fruit that shows evidence of their faith.
I will discuss shortly the few themes in this book and how I understand them:
- Testing our faith– We need to understand that all the trials and temptations in our lives are tests of our faith and your endurance will be fully developed and you will come out perfect and complete, needing nothing.
- Doing the word of God– We need to learn how to not only listen to God’s word but learn to do it.
- Treating people equally– We need to learn how to treat people equally, just the way God does. James further says that if we favor some people over others, we are committing a sin. “Love your neighbor as yourself”.
- Faith=Good deeds– We need to learn how to show our faith by doing good deeds. Faith by itself is not enough. Let your faith and actions work together.
- Taming the tongue– Unfortunately it is impossible to tame the tongue, therefore James challenges us to control it. Be quick to listen, and slow to speak. Has the mouth ever gotten you into trouble? Pause before you react and speak.
- Wisdom vs Worldliness-True wisdom comes from God and it is pure, peace loving and full of mercy. friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
- The Rich– James warns us from stockpiling our wealth. We should learn how to give to the needy.
- Praying with faith– We should righteously use the power that God has given us through prayer.
Lastly, my favorite verses from the book of James (Chapter 4):
Take some time and study this book, its an easy short book to study 🙂
Have a blessed week, xo.