December 7th

James 1-3

  • 1:2-4 – It is difficult to look at trials this way when we’re in the middle of them, but we can often look back at past trials and how God has sustained us through them. Hopefully, then, in the next trial we will remember God’s faithfulness in previous trials.
  • 1:12 – To remain steadfast is to remain faithful to God.
  • 1:13-15 – God does not desire for us to sin, so he does not lead us to sin.
  • 1:16-18 – These verses are the perfect answer to verses 13-15. God gives good gifts, not opportunities to sin.
  • 1:22-25 – Reading Scripture alone is not enough. We must also live what it tells us to do. Otherwise we are like a foolish person.
  • 1:27 – If we truly want to follow God we must care for the most vulnerable in his name.
  • 2:1-9 – We tend to want to associate with those who are powerful and can lift us up, but God does the opposite. He lifts up the lowly. God is calling us to share in his work.
  • 2:10-13 – We tend to want to make our sins seems less egregious, but once we have sinned, we are sinners.
  • 2:14-17 – This can be confusing because we know that faith in Christ is what saves us. We can’t save ourselves through works. This does not mean we’re not supposed to do the works though. Our salvation is intended to make us more like Christ, how worked diligently to care for those in need and bring others into God’s family.
  • 2:18-26 – Our faith is not helpful if it is inactive. True faith cannot actually remain inactive. If we have faith in Christ, it is transformative and causes us to begin to live more like Christ. Works are inevitable.
  • 3:2-12 – James spends time discussing how difficult it is to tame the tongue, but that if we do, it controls our whole selves. We all know how difficult it is to keep our speech pure, uplifting, and beneficial to others.

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