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A Post Script To The Book Of James

"He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created" (Jas.1:18).

As we come to an end of this series of devotionals from the epistle of James, I thought it might be fitting to summarize the themes that he stressed. In the beginning, I found that there was a very "practical" nature to James' letter. He filled the letter with several imperatives that were necessary to living a life that the Lord would be pleased with. Lets take a look at a few of these... James wrote in detail about the impartiality of God, and let us know with certainty that he wanted us to be the same way. He used the unfortunate example of showing favoritism to the wealthy to make his point. James dedicated a section of his letter to the intricate balance there is in life when it come to faith and works... He never downplayed the importance of faith, but at the same time said that one's faith is exhibited through the deeds that he or she performs. We cannot possibly walk away from this epistle without knowing the danger that lurks within the things we say... He referred to it as the tongue, and told us that we should think before we speak, lest we get ourselves in trouble... Maybe what I came away with above all other things was the conscious need for Christians to treat one another with kindness and respect. In goodness there is wisdom, and if we want that godly wisdom we should ask for it... (1:5). Keeping God in our plans is an important issue with James, and he ties this in with the brevity of life. (4:14-15). Finally, James commends those who are concerned with turning a sinner from the error of his or her ways, and presupposed that an individual's relationship with God is tied up with community life.... The letter leaves a Christian with a sense of admonition, concern for a weak brother and guarding one's life for godly living... All of this is an ongoing part of owning Jesus as our Savior.

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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