James

He heard and did nothing

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In James 1:22 we read that professing believers are to be “doers,” and that their entire personality should be characterized in that way.  Christians who are content with only hearing the Word have made a serious miscalculation.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 1:22.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Every good gift

and every perfect gift

is from above,

and comes down

from the Father of lights,

with whom there is no variation

or shadow of turning.

James 1:17

Since everything that I’m thankful for is from God, I’m giving thanks to Him today.  Wishing all of you a wonderful day today 🙂

Laying aside of pride

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This final command found at James 4:10 sums up the preceding nine commands, which mark the truly humble person.  “Humble” comes from the word meaning “to make oneself low.”  Those conscious of being in the presence of the majestic, infinitely holy God are humble (Isaiah 6:5).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 4:10.

Complete faith

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Intellectual assent – agreement with a set of Christian teachings – is incomplete faith.  True faith transforms our lives.  If our lives remain unchanged, we don’t truly believe the truths we claim to believe.  Living the way God wants us to live does not earn our way into heaven, but it shows that our commitment to God is real.  Godly conduct is not a substitute for, but a verification of our faith in Christ.

Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, November 10.  Tyndale House publishers, Inc.  2003.

To speak or not to speak

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What you say and what you don’t say are both important.  Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time, but controlling your desire to say what you shouldn’t.  Examples of wrongly using the tongue include gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattery, and lying.  Before you speak, ask, “Is it true, is it necessary, and is it kind?”

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, November 11.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  2003.