Chapter 1: How do we react to pressure? Faith will not break when it is real, even when times are dire. We are stable because who we are in Christ and not because of our circumstances.
1:2-4 Seeking Jesus to deal with problems! We can declare them joy (Matt. 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23)
1:5 Seeking wisdom to deal with life; receiving from God (Matt. 7:7; Luke )
1: 6--8! Asking for faith and not doubting (Matt. 21:-22; Mark -24)
1: 9-11 Humbleness, and seeking the proper perspective on life (Matt. 13:6; ; Mark 4:7; Luke ; )
Importance of perseverance (Matt. -12)
1:13-18 Holding on to the goodness of God (Matt. ; ; Luke , 35)
1:19-20 The importance of listening (Matt. 7:11; Luke 6:46-49).
1:21-27 Our call to be compassionate toward those who hurt (Matt. 25:34-36)
Chapter 2: When Faith is authentic, it will show it in our lives. We will have real, dependable love that transitions into respect for God, for others, and for ourselves!
2:1-4 Paying attention to what is important (Luke )
2:5 The poor will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5; Luke )
2:6-9 Love your neighbor as your self (Matt. 22:39; Mark 12:30-31)
2: 10-12 Do not break the commandments (Matt. )
Mercy triumphs over Judgment (Prov. )
2: 11-13 Faith without works is meaningless (Matt. -34; 25:41-46)
2:14-26 We show our friendship with God by our obedience (Matt. -23, 26; -32; John -15)
Chapter 3: When our faith is real, we will show control and humility. We will have constructive ways of being encouraging by our communication!
3:1 Teachers are more responsible (Mark 9:38-40; Luke 20:45-47)
3:2 We are judged by our words (Matt. )
3:3-6 Real corruption comes from our mouth (Matt. , 18; Mark ,20; Luke )
3:7-12 We cannot do both good and evil together (Matt. 7:16-20; Luke 6:43-44)
3:13-15 Bitterness and envy destroy relationships and opportunities (Prov. ; 27:4)
3: 16-18 Blessed are the peacemakers (Matt. 5:9)
Chapter 4: When faith is working, we will be expressing patience. We will be able to handle conflict and strife and resolve the tough issues of life!
4:1-3 Desires will consume us (Matt. )
4:4 Spiritual adultery (Mark )
4:5 Friendship with the world means being enemies of God (John 15 18-21)
4:6 God hates pride and loves humility (Psalm 49; Luke )
4:7 Flee from the devil (Matt. -28)
4:8 Submit to God (Matt. 26:39)
4:9 Laughter turns into mourning (Matt. 5:4; Luke )
God is the One to lift us up (Matt. 12:17-20; Luke 3:16)
Do not slander (Matt. 7:1-2)
Only God has the right to judge (Matt. )
4:13-16 Do not plan ahead without God (Luke -20)
We sin when we know God's will but do not do it (Luke -48)
Chapter 5: When we are patient, we are persevering. We will have confidence and hope in life whatever we face because who we are in Christ.
I. How we handle our money shows our devotion and what matters to us.
5:1 Woes to the rich and to corruption (Luke )
5:2-4 Wealth in time is all worthless (Matt. -20))
5:5-6 Self indulgence is sin and is of no benefit (Luke -20, 25)
II. Patience perseveres our faith.
5:7 Be patient (Luke 18:1-8)
5: 8-9 Watch because Jesus will return (Matt. 24:33; Mark 13:35-39)
The Prophets are our example (Matt. -12)
III. We are called to act with kindness to others.
God is kind to us (Psalm 94:12; Job -22)
Do not swear oaths (Matt. -37)
5:13-14 Meeting needs of others (Psalm 50:14-15)
5:15-18 Power of prayer (Matt. 6:6-8; Luke 11:2-4)
IV. Our call to care and bring back those who stray from the faith.
5:19-21 Our call to help restore the stray sheep (Matt. )
The final thought about James? Our short-term setbacks will produce long-term results that glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
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