Main point summary
Rejoice in trials because as you remain steadfast through the trials, you will be blessed. Therefore humble yourself and ask God in faith for wisdom to go through trials he will freely give it to you. Don't just be a hearer of the word, be a doer, this is pure religion.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be joyful in trials because it will complete you
If you lack wisdom then ask God who will give you freely
The humble will be exalted but the rich will be put to shame as he passes away
Blessed is the men who remains steadfast under trial
Temptations/Trials does not come from God but from your own desire
Don't be deceived to think that Temptations come from God. But know that every good and perfect thing comes from God
Don't be impulsively angry, therefore put away all evilness and let the word of God take root in your heart
But don't just be hearer of the word, do the word, live the word. Don't just receive the word without applying it
If you think you are a Christian but your life don't reflect it, your faith is useless. Rather, a pure religion is one that is accompanied with inward desire for holiness and outward acts of love
Don't Be impulsively angry, therefore put away all maliciousness and receive the word of God. MOREVER, don't just receive the word of God, live out the word, if not your faith is worthless
Since temptation and trials does not come from God but from your own desires, therefore do not be deceived into thinking that way, but rather know that every good and perfect thing is from God.
Know that trials do not come from God but from your own desires, therefore do not be deceived into thinking that way, but rather know that God is the giver of every good and perfect gift.
If you lack wisdom (to go through trials) then humble yourself and ask God in faith who will generously give it to you BECAUSE the humble will boast in his being lifted up because he will be blessed as he endures trials but the men who is highly [and probably not see his need for God and His help] will be put to shame as he passes away
If you lack wisdom (to go through trials) then humble yourself and ask God in faith who will generously give it to you BECAUSE the humble will boast in his being lifted up because he will be blessed as he endures trials but the men who is highly [and probably not see his need for God and His help] will be put to shame as he passes away. SO KNOW THAT that trials do not come from God but from your own desires, therefore do not be deceived into thinking that way, but rather know that God is the giver of every good and perfect gift.
Rejoice when you go through trials because as you persevere through it you will become complete. So if you need wisdom to go through these trials, humble yourself and ask God and you can boast when you are exalted because the one that remains steadfast under trials will be blessed. On the other hand, the highly and proud will only find their end is humiliation as they pass away. Know that trials are not from God but they come from your desires. Don't be deceived into thinking that way, but rather know that every good and perfect thing is from God.
Verse 22 to 25 Has the Bible become some sort of Historical artifact that is merely meant to be admired through a glass display? This is the very subject that James is dealing in verses 22 to 25. "Be doers, not hearers only". The Bible is meant to be applied. The Bible is meant to be lived out. The Bible is meant to be acted upon. But if I am just a "hearer", have I not reduced the bible to a Historical Artifact that I admire through a glass display? The absurdity of treating the Bible this way is likened to a man who goes to the mirror to look at himself, but as soon as he turns away, he forgets how he looks like totally! He forgets about the spaghetti sauce stain at his lower chin. He forgets about the grain of rice still stuck to his mustache. He sees the flaws, probably acknowledges them, but as soon as he turns away, as soon as he closes the bible, he forgets, and just goes about life not caring, being indifferent of his flaws. Isn't it ridiculous to go out knowing there is still a spaghetti stain on your chin or a grain of rice in your mustache? How ridiculous will you look? Yet this is how some of us approach the Bible. We see our flaws, we see what needs to be changed, we acknowledge it, but that's all we do. We are indifferent to our flaws, and we go about life with those stains, and we are okay with it. But how can we be okay with that? This isn't the pure religion which James talks about in the later verses. Ironic isn't it? The man who merely hears but does nothing treats the Bible as some specimen to be examined. But in reality, the Bible is not some specimen we examine, it is the Bible that examines us. James uses the idea of a mirror in verse 23, which means in reality, we don't just"read" the bible, the bible actually "reads" us. The Bible shows our flaws; shows the stains and the residual food that we missed out, the next step is up to us. Are we merely be a hearer, to see the flaws and ignore it? Or are we a doer? A doer, that by the Holy Spirit, lives out what the word says, to act upon the word, to fix our flaws and the great promise of this verse is that James says that we will be blessed.