Main point summary
James sends, his greetings with this letter. In the first chapter he urges believers to keep themselves unstained from the world and persevere through trials and temptations. Ask God for help in faith and do not blame your stumbling on God.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
James a servant of God, writing to the all the Jewish Christians dispersed all over the world, I send my greetings by the following letter.
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.
Rejoice, brothers, when you experience trials of any kind because you know that the testing will produce steadfastness. Once you have been steadfast in Christ for his appointed time you will be complete and not missing any Godly character.
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.
On the other hand If you do lack character let him ask God in faith and not doubt. If does, he does not trust God and is not wholehearted but double minded and he will not receive anything from the Lord.
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.
Therefore let the lowly brother boast in his exultation and the rich in his humiliation as Christ continues his work in their lives. The rich should not continue with his pursuits otherwise he is like the double minded and he will fade away.
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.
Because of this, blessed is the one who remains steadfast under trial for at Gods appointed time he will receive the crown of life that God has promised.
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.
Therefore let no say he is being tempted by God, for God wants us to succeed and indeed tempts no one but we provide enough temptation for ourselves.
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.
Accordingly, do not be deceived my brothers. Good gifts come from God, not temptations. Furthermore, he will not vary in this. Indeed of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth.
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.
But instead brothers, be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Man's anger, indeed, hinders God's good work in us to produce righteous.
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. 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.
Therefore, while your at it, but away all evil and receive with meekness the word that is able to save you. Also, don't just listen to the word but practice it. If you don't, you are like the double minded again. If you do do it and persevere you will be blessed in what you do.
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.
In other words, If anyone thinks they are a Christian but cannot even control their speech, their religion is worthless. The basics of true Christianity is to visit orphans widows and those who are afflicted. Also keep yourself unstained from the world that the Lord may continue his work in you as you continue through your life.
A short devotional on James 1:2-4 Rejoicing in trials goes against our instinct and indeed if it was just a trial then rejoicing may seem out of place. However we rejoice because we know that perseverance through trials produces steadfastness. Once we have lived our life in steadfastness we will be complete in Christ and lack NOTHING! That is reason to rejoice indeed. The steadfastness, though, must have it's full effect. In other words we must now remain steadfast in the trials and hold to the hope of this promise.