James 2:1-13 (AD 48) Have you ever been a victim of favouritism? It’s hard to imagine that everyone hasn’t, at some point, been on the receiving end. And it’s equally hard to imagine that we haven’t all at some point been the perpetrators of it. James wrote to a poor Christian community. Society was more … More Day 182: Favouritism
James 1:22-27 (AD 48) “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:25, NIV) Paul pointed out that the Law brought death (Romans 7:10; 2 Corinthians 3:7), and that we are saved … More Day 181: The Perfect Law that Gives Freedom
James 1:19-21 (AD 48) [This and the next devotional are out of synch – for some reason I skipped James 1:19-27 as I went through the letter, so I’m returning only now to those verses.] Before my time, it was common for parents to literally wash their children’s mouths out with soap as punishment for … More Day 180: Potty Mouth
James 5:13-20, part 2 (AD 48) “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death an cover over a multitude of sins.” (v.19) Wandering has stages, and … More Day 179: Be the Fellow-Traveller You Want to Have in the World
James 5:7-12 (AD 48) God didn’t command patience because it seemed, in an abstract way, like a holy thing to be. Verse 7 says, “Be patient, then…” [emphasis mine]. James’s train of logic was, ‘given what I’ve just said, you should be patient’. Christians were being oppressed by selfish and corrupt rich people, and there … More Day 177: Be patient
James 5:1-6 (AD 48) “There is a special place in hell reserved for…” Ever used that phrase? Ever heard it? It’s saying that there are terrible people who deserve hell, but the kind of person who deserves the worst kind of hell is… Some people think there is a special place in hell reserved for … More Day 176: “There is a special place in hell reserved for…”
James 4 (AD 48) Some Christians claim that their decision-making, attitudes and opinions are always correct and always good because they have the Holy Spirit living in them. God – via James – disagrees. Other Christians become despondent when they feel a weight of ungodly desires and attitudes. They imagine that if they were better, … More Day 175: Desires that Battle Within
James 3 (AD 48) James 2: you claim to be a Christian? Show it by what you do. James 3: you claim to be a Christian? Show it by what you don’t do. Speaking your mind used to be frowned upon. Nowadays, at least in western societies, saying what you think – no matter how … More Day 174: You’re a Christian? Show it.