RSS

Tag Archives: character

The Book of James – Respect of Persons James 2:1-9

rich_poor

Introduction

James, as I’m sure you have noticed, finishes his thought on one thing and then goes right to another.  Next on James’ list is the evil of judging people based upon bias or prejudice.

There are reasons why we treat people different: a person in jail, disciplining children, knowing someone is in their final days, and so on. So, there are good reasons why people are treated differently.  There are also bad reasons and that is the focus of our post. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Book of James – Trials (James 1:2-4)

garage-clean-out

Introduction

I mentioned last time that James was a plain spoken man. James is also direct and to the point.  As proof of this he says hello in verse one and by verse two he talks about the trials that come into our life; the times of testing that can leave us spiritually battered and bruised.

Trial vs. Tempted

“How do I know what I’m going through is a trial as opposed to Satan just pounding me over the head?”  When God’s hand is at work the trial is designed to build you up, to strengthen your Christian character.  When Satan is on the scene his only goal is to ruin you and make you fail.  God wants to embrace you and Satan wants to embarrass you. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: