Welcome back! Sorry it’s been so long in between posts, but life gets crazy and unfortunately this can take a back burner. The first chapter of James really digs in to some great truths, and if you haven’t read James Chapter 1 in a while I’d recommend you go through it before you finish this post. You can click here https://www.youversion.com/bible/59/jas.1.esv to read James 1 online in ESV, although you can change the translation on the page if you want, or just open up your nearest Bible!
James 1:2 – “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” — This verse is especially powerful for me, as I’m sure it is for many, in that when you’re going through something tough in your life, you don’t view it as a lesson to make you stronger, but rather an inconvenience. The Lord says He won’t tempt you beyond what you can handle. 1 Cor 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” Thank God He is with us even during our trials. Maybe this will help us to view trials as a sanctification tool rather than a bother! James 1:12 – “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”
James 1:19-20 – “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” — Probably one of the hardest verses in the whole Bible for us to follow. If we all followed this verse every day of our lives it would cut out 90% of all arguments. Everything is moving along at rapid pace in today’s world and if something mildly annoys us we’re quick to voice our opinion on it. Here are a few verses that speak to that.
Proverbs 15:1 – “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 29:11 – “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”
Ephesians 4:29 – “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
These are just a few of many verses concerning our speech, but it shows just how important this aspect of our everyday lives really is! I know for myself this is probably the hardest thing for me to remember on a daily basis. I’ve been trying for the past few weeks to not speak negatively about people and things that annoy me, but I find there are still times the thoughts creep up without even realizing it and I speak hurtful words. This shows more of my heart than anything else, and luckily it usually pushes me closer to God’s Word where I’m filling my heart and mind up with words of grace and love.
James 1:22 – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” A great reminder that we need to not only be reading, memorizing, and studying the Bible daily, but applying it to our lives as we learn and as the Spirit teaches.