“This book attacks the notion that becoming a Christian is simply a matter of assenting to a few spiritual truths without experiencing any real change in behavior or thought.” New Living Translation introduction to the book of James
Everything about being a Christian is work. We work to: endure; be loyal; resist temptation; curb our anger; obey the Word; control our tongue; care for others; keep separate from the world’s corruption; not discriminate; love our neighbors; be merciful; have faith; do good works; live an honorable life; squelch jealousy and selfish ambition; be wise, peace-loving, and gentle; not covet what others have; not kill; not wage war; have right motives; not speak evil; not criticize and judge; and finally, do what we know we ought to do.
There are temptations all around us, and to overcome them, we have to do more than resist.
James 4:7, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” New Living Translation
Before we resist, we have to humble ourselves before God.
After we resist, we have to:
- Come close to God, 4:8.
- Wash our hands, 4:8.
- Purify our hearts, 4:8.
- Be loyal to God, 4:8.
- Cry over what we have done, 4:9.
- Be sorry, 4:9.
- Be sad and grieve, 4:9.
- Humble ourselves before God, 4:10.
Yes, it is a lot of work; but the retirement plan is out of this world!
Dear Father God,
James, was the brother of Jesus. He learned from Him that it is not about what you say, but what you do. James was humble and did not even mention that he was Jesus’ brother. Thank You for the reminder that humbling ourselves is the first, and last, thing we do.
In Jesus Name,
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