Don’t be fooled by its size. The letter of James may be small, but it’s strong. It refuses to let the reader hide behind the walls of theological theory or intellectual faith. True faith produces authenticity. “No authenticity…no faith”—that’s James’s conclusion on the matter. James’s letter may make us squirm, but it also makes us tear down our facades.
In reality, we all come before the mirrors to do business! We gaze hard in that painfully honest reflection with the purpose of doing something about what we see.
Joy—it makes people wonder at your secret. Yet joy is no secret to the trusting Christian. When we choose to grow closer to God, resting in His character and provision, joy spills over into our lives so that others can’t help but notice.
Here are five key lessons kids learn through going through hard times with the sensitive guidance of their parents.
Complaining never happens solo. When you complain, you not only discourage yourself but those around you. Listen to yourself today. Are you impacting those around you with complaints or with encouragement?
True to James 1:2-4, my troubles tested my faith. They brought hardship and hidden tears, but, also true to Scripture, they became opportunities for great joy. Here are several insights I gleaned through my experience.
Perspective is a wonderful thing. It helps us when we look at the familiar and with fresh perspective see something we’ve never noticed before. It changes our thoughts and our behaviour.
We shouldn’t be surprised at suffering—we should expect it. Suffering shapes us and matures our character.
Some books in the Bible teach profound theological doctrine like Paul’s epic letter to the Romans. Some tell amazing stories of powerful leaders who rose and fell. In this message, Chuck Swindoll describes a book that does neither. It’s a manual on how to walk with God.
When we meet with trials our typical response is resistance. But trials have a purpose, they help us mature and they teach us to depend on God.