Hey y’all! Today I will be talking about one of my most favorite books in the Bible! The book of James has really gotten me through high school so far, and lets talk about why!
The first thing that catches my eye about James is its verses about trials and temptations. Here’s a couple verses!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance- James 1:2-3
Now, this verse is kind of asking for a lot! It is hard to be joyful and content in our rough times, but that is what God calls us to do, so we have to do it! In fact, our hard times make us even stronger in our faith. Our trials will break us and build us back up stronger than ever, and I think that’s a beautiful concept. We have to believe in God always, and not doubt our faith. We also must be humble servants of God!
The next few verses that have always stuck out to me are in the second part of chapter one.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. ( James 1:19-20 )
This passage sticks out to me because I think it is a really good reminder that can be applicable to everyone. It is so hard for me to step back from a situation and just BREATHE. When we get mad, we aren’t glorifying God. To achieve the type of faith God calls us, we must choose love in all situations. When we choose God, we choose love. I think that is a pretty awesome thing.
The last passage I will talk about today is this:
Do not merely listen to the word, and do so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. ( James 1:22-24 )
Stay tuned for next Friday, when we will go over James 2! I’m thinking that since I am going to start blogging everyday, I am going to make a schedule for what kind of topic I’ll write about for each day of the week! I have a rough draft of what this schedule will be, and hopefully I’ll have that up either tomorrow or Sunday! Remember to let me know if you have any suggestions or topics! Your input is MUCH appreciated.
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