Main point summary
Those who would be followers of God must rejoice, 1 trust him in trial and understanding that trials are producing steadfastness and life. 2 being hears and doers of the word because hearing only is self deceit.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
If you would number as one of the twelve tribes of the dispersion,
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
[then receive my words] Rejoice in your trials because though them God is producing steadfastness and life.
j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
By bringing our situations to God in prayer, asking for wisdom and trusting that he will answer
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
f urthermore, the humble will be exalted and those who trust their own strength, will end in humiliation.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
What I mean is if you are steadfast in you faith you will receive the crown of life! The crown, the one that was given to Jesus!
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1 c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
Therefore, do no be deceived know that God this way (rewards the steadfast and scorches the faithless) and he does not change.
g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls.
Moreover, be quick to hear and slow to anger, receive with humility the word of God which will save your soul.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing.
And, be a doer of the word and not a hearer only and you will be blessed in all your doing.
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
Because, without control over your speech religious acts are pointless, What is of value is to God is loving the afflicted.
] The Christian walk is so difficult, we meet trials everyday, and if you’re anything like me sometimes the biggest trial is just living in my own flesh and making war against it. Praise God that it doesn’t end there, but that we have a God who wants us to bring our struggles to him, and that he answers us in them! Even more than, that He give us wisdom and allows us to see that He is doing good through them in our lives. There are so many examples of an easier rout before our eyes in this life, but God wants us to know that the end of that is perishing in humiliation. However, if we remain steadfast under trial a reward beyond our comprehension awaits! The same crown that was given to Jesus is awarded to those who trust Him! Allow yourself to be blown away by that and don’t let anyone tell you anything different. God has always intended good from trial and he doesn’t change. Now that we know this… don’t forget it! Receive it as the life giving truth that it is. After all, it is the only hope for our souls. Merely hearing the truth isn’t sufficient, James says that those who only hear have deceived themselves. True receiving of the word is being one who not only hears, but does the word. It is this person who will be blessed in all his doing, even in those situations that feel like trials! But don’t forget that being a doer of the word also mean having self-control over your words… religious acts alone are worthless.