James 1:19-27 (ESV)
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James is one of those books we don’t read enough of, sometimes called “the Proverbs of the New Testament,” the book of James practically and faithfully reminds Christians how to live. From perseverance, to true faith, to controlling one’s tongue, submitting to God’s will, and having patience, this book aids readers in living authentically and wisely for Christ. James asks the question – how’s your doer doing? Are you doing the Word of God or just going through the motions? Has the Word taken deep root or is it a surface faith? Great questions from James the bro of Jesus. Hey…James had a front row seat into the life of Christ, if anyone knows what a doer looks like it would be him. Can I encourage you to put the Words of this great and masterful book into play in your life. The Resurrected Life becomes determined, even compelled to do this, so if you’ve been touched by our God, please do yourself a favor and allow the Word to work in and through you.