James: Judgment and Mercy

Is what we say to others, in person as well as in writing and online, proof that we are indeed very mindful that God will either save or condemn us by what we say, as He promised (Matt. 12:34-37)?  Do our daily actions, our dealings with our fellow man and our time spent in daily prayer and study of Scripture (or lack thereof), show that preparing ourselves for eternity is a priority?… Read More James: Judgment and Mercy

James: Showing Partiality

Consider a scenario in which you recognize clearly when an average friend or acquaintance sins but you refuse to acknowledge the exact same sin when it is you, your spouse, your children or parents, or your closest friend who commits it.  Your refusal to acknowledge what clearly exists because of your favoritism will lead to you refusing to correct yourself or them and encouraging yourself or them to obey God, which in turn will lead to eternal condemnation (cf. Ezek. 3:17-21).… Read More James: Showing Partiality

James: The Father of Lights

Here’s the truth about what comes from God (1:17).  Every gift in our lives which is “good” (agathos, of benefit) and “perfect” (teleios, complete, mature) is from “above,” a reference to the location of the throne of God: heaven (Ps. 11:4).  These gifts which benefit and complete us come down to us “from the Father of lights,” a fitting description of God. … Read More James: The Father of Lights

James: How Sin Develops

Here is how sin develops.  It starts with “(our) own lust” (v. 14), “lust” having far more to do with sexual desire; it refers to having a strong desire for anything.  Temptation comes “when (we are) carried away and enticed by (our) own lust.”  Think about it.  When was the last time you were tempted to sin concerning something about which you had absolutely no desire at all to have or do?… Read More James: How Sin Develops