In James 2:15,16, James illustrates his point by comparing faith without works to words of compassion without acts of compassion. As James points out, for example, is if a brother or sister is without food and we wish them peace and to be filled, but don’t give them the things that are needed for the body. What does that well-wishing profit them?
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 2:15-16.
God is the ultimate giver, and in gratitude, we’re to imitate Him. Becoming a generous person begins with biblical thinking. Instead of focusing on how much we can keep, it’s better to think in terms of how much we can give away and share with others and the church. God has promised to supply our needs (Philippians 4:19) but often lavishes far more than the basics. And He delights to see His children joyfully sharing what He has given (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). As He provides us with material wealth and possessions, we become channels through whom He blesses others and carries out His work on earth.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 7 and 8, 2022.
The word ‘mercy’ in Hebrew is used about 250 times in the Old Testament, and refers to God’s gracious love. It is a comprehensive term that encompasses love, grace, mercy, goodness, forgiveness, truth, compassion, and faithfulness. The bedrock of faith is the reality that God keeps all His promises according to His truthful, faithful character.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Lamentations 3:22, 23.
“…[E]steem others better than himself” (verse 3), is the basic definition of true humility (Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 5:21; 1 peter 5:5). Christ is the ultimate example of selfless humility (Matthew 11:29; John 13:12-17).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Philippians 2:3,5.
The bedrock of faith is the reality that God keeps all His promises according to His truthful, faithful character.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Lamentations 3:23.