What James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, wrote to
which is worth remembering!
be excited when you are having tough times, because the testing of
your confidence in God produces patience. Let that patience fully develop within you,
that you may be more mature and complete, lacking nothing. If you lack wisdom,
ask of God, who gives to everyone liberally and without reproach, and He will give it to you.
ask in confidence, being convinced He'll answer, because
those who doubt have a tougher time, like waves of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For
let not any doubter suppose they will receive anything from the Lord; being double-minded and unstable.
If you are really suffering in an area of your life,
glory in your exaltation. When things go your way, be humble because like any flower, you too,
and your good times will pass away.
When the sun comes up, it can dry and kill the grass and beautiful flowers, which then look much worse. So
the rich also will fade away in his pursuits. Blessed are you,
when you endure temptation; for when you have been approved, you will receive the crown
of life which the Lord has promised to those who have learned to love Him..
Don't say when you are tempted,
"I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does God tempt anyone. You are tempted,
when you are drawn away by your own wants and desires. Then, when your desire
has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings
Do not be deceived, beloved
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.
Of His own will He brought you forth,
by the word of truth, that you might be a kind of firstfruit of His creatures. So then beloved
be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for your wrath does not produce the
righteousness of God.
Therefore lay aside all your filthiness and overflow of wickedness,
and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your soul.
Be a doer of the word,
and not one of those who only fool themselves. Anyone who is a hearer of the word and not a doer, is
like a someone looking at their face in a mirror; and as soon as they walk away immediately forget what they look like.
But when you look into the perfect law of liberty and continue in it,
and are not just a forgetful hearer but a actually doer of the work, you will be blessed in what you do.
If you think you are religious,
and but don't control what you say, you deceive your own heart, and your religion is worthless. Pure and
undefiled religion before God the Father is to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and keep yourself,
unspotted from the world.
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