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But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture: You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well. But if you show prejudice you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violator. (James 2:8-9 NET) Effective neighborly love is rooted in healthy self love. Sometimes it’s hard […]

On prejudice

“My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the finely dressed and say: “You sit here in a […]

Shut up and serve

“If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. Pure and undefiled religion before God the father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” [James 1:26,27 NET] I can’t think of […]

Living out the message

“But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in the mirror. For he gazes at himself, then goes out and […]

The truth within

“So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.” [James 1:21] Earlier when James introduced the concept of wisdom it sounded like wisdom descends from above (outside of yourself). This aligns with my deeper belief system which is not necessarily the […]

Slowing Anger

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.” (James 1:19-20 NET) James echoes the wisdom of Proverbs here which exalts the person who is slow to anger. Whoever is slow to anger has great […]

On birthing and firstfruits

By his sovereign plan he gave us birth through the message of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:20 I haven’t fought hard enough for writing time but been turning this verse over in my head. God the father has a plan, a birthing plan to be […]

Imperfect babies and perfect gifts

“All generous giving and every perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the father of lights with whom there is no variation nor the slightest hint of change.” James 1:17 I call this the baby announcement verse. Below the darling, curled-up-in-a-basket newborn we may read: “Every perfect gift comes from above.” Babies are precious gifts, I […]

Temptation and Desire

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin and when sin is fully […]

Death like a wildflower

“Now the believer of humble means should take pride in his high position. But the rich person’s pride should be in his humiliation because he will pass away like a wildflower in the meadow. For the sun rises with it’s heat and dries up the meadow and the petal of the flower falls off and […]