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.
Refusal to do good is equivalent to doing evil.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
As you can identify a tree by the type of fruit it produces, you can evaluate your wisdom by the way you act. Foolishness leads to disorder, but wisdom leads to peace and goodness.
Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, November 12. Tyndale House publishers. 2003.
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.