Today’s Tasting: James
Genuine faith will inevitably produce good deeds. This is the central theme of James’ letter, around which he supplies practical advice on living a Christian life:
General characteristics of a Christian life [1:1-27]
Act Justly in Society [2:1-13]
Relationship between faith and action [2:14-26
Importance of controlling one’s speech [3:1-12
Distinguish two types of wisdom – Earthly and heavenly [3:31-18]
Turn from evil desires and obey God [4:1-12]
Don’t trust your own plans and possessions [4:13-5:6]
Be patient with each other [5:7-11]
Be straightforward in your promises [5:12]
Pray for each other [5:13-18]
Help each other remain faithful to God [5:19, 20]
I think that this book comes at the perfect time of year for this bible feast! What better time to reflect on your good deeds then the season of giving?
This letter could be considered a how-to book for Christian living. At any moment in your life James’ teachings of the Christ-like way to live can help with confrontation, challenges, and renew a call to commit to your faithful purpose.
I think a key verse in this letter is in James 2:18:
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’
Show me your faith without deeds; and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
Today, let us recommit our faith to God by living as an example to the world with good deeds. It is not enough for us to talk the Christian faith, we must live it!
Tomorrow’s Delight: Acts 15-16
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