Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position for he will pass away like the wildflower. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, a rich man will fade away even as he goes about his business.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because, when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to all who love him.
When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me’, for God cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full=grown, gives birth to death.
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters, every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this; everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word of truth planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourself. Do what it says. Anyone who listens the word and does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after he has looked at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – that man will be blessed in what he does. ‘
We are doing soooooo well! Thank you, dear Father, for helping us carve your words on our hearts and minds! The next verse is very convicting:
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not have a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
Abba Father, we repent from those times when we have not held a tight rein on our tongues. Open our eyes and stop us BEFORE we say the things we don’t want to say…..because we want to be a good reflection of you to those around us. We would like for them to see your goodness and your grace and your love shining through us. We understand….to do that, we need to hold tightly to our tongues. Thank you for pointing this out to us in your word. In the awesome name of Jesus we pray, Amen.