Starting the week off right…

8 Jul

…by finishing James 2!!!

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or “sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has God not chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you are called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warm and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by his works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works and faith was completed by his works, and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness,” and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.


3 Responses to “Starting the week off right…”

  1. cindyhfrench July 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Jen, just a note to ask you to pray for me. I am in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism and a DEEP VEIN CLOT at my groin-the meds aren’t wrking yet. I’ve been here since Thurs night. the doc upped the meds today and will again tomorrow. Just pray that I do,think, say just what He wants me to. I am not afraid. I don’t believe He is ready for me yet. I am to get that book out and the last piece fell into place last night. A wise piece of advice from a Muslim man I have been speaking with and praying for for several months. He called because he was so worried about me. He even wrote out a prayer to my God Jehovah Jireh asking Him to heal me! Oh how I am praying for his salvation.

    • Jennifer Hope July 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      Hi Cindy! Sorry I have not yet responded to this. I did pray for you the night you asked for, and since then too! I hope you are doing alright!

      • cindyhfrench July 17, 2012 at 10:27 am #

        thanks. I am better and home!! God really used the time to teach me some important truths-not that I didn’t know, but that i couldn’t explain to people who had no concept of the Trinity or of God Jehovah Jireh.

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