Please read James 4 and 5, 1 Timothy 1 and 2. Can you believe how close we are to the end? Another book completed today – we are finishing James. What stands out to you today? Read and come on back!
“friendship with the world is enmity with God” James 4:4
James gets straight to the point – remind you of anyone? Remember that Jesus is James’ brother, they were raised together. Jesus said it this way: “No one can serve two masters” (Luke 16:13). It may seem harsh, but please consider His character: “He gives more grace” (James 4:6).
“be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” James 5:7-8
Let’s look at a couple of words (my Strong’s concordance is another favorite!): in 5:7, the word patient is translated from the greek is “makothumia“. This references patience with people. In 5:8, the word patience is translated from the greek “huppomone“. This word references patience with circumstances. That about covers it all, doesn’t it?
“the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 1:14
Grace, faith and love are gifts to us from Jesus – and
“we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and [b]reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” 1 Timothy 2:2-3
when we respond by living quiet, peaceable, godly and reverent – that’s our gift back to Him!