Application of James
How are you handling the trials in your life?
Are you a doer of the Word or a hearer only?
Do you show partiality in dealing with people? Are you a respecter of persons?
Is your faith seen by your works? If not, what should that tell you?
Are you a friend of the world? What do you need to do?
James Themes of Application
James wants believers not only to hear the truth but also to put it into action. He contrasts empty faith (claims without conduct) with faith that works. Commitment to love and to serve others is evidence of true faith.
Living faith makes a difference. Make sure your faith is more than just a statement. It should also result in action. Seek ways of putting your faith to work.
In the Christian life there are trials and temptations. Successfully overcoming these adversities produces maturity and strong character.
Don’t resent troubles when they come. Pray for wisdom; God will supply all you need to face persecution or adversity. He will give you patience and keep you strong in times of trial.
Law of Love
We are saved by God’s gracious mercy, not by keeping the law. But Christ gave us a special command: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19). We are to love and serve those around us.
Keeping the law of love shows that our faith is vital and real. When we show love to others, we are overcoming our own selfishness.
Wisdom shows itself in wise speech. God holds us responsible for the results of our destructive words. The wisdom of God that helps control the tongue can help control all our actions.
Accepting God’s wisdom will affect your speech. Your words will convey true humility and lead to peace. Think before you speak and allow God to give you self-control.
James taught Christians not to compromise with worldly attitudes about wealth. Because the glory of wealth fades, Christians should store up God’s treasures through sincere service. Christians must not show partiality to the wealthy or be prejudiced against the poor.
All of us are accountable for how we use what we have. We should not hoard wealth but be generous toward others. In addition, we should not be impressed by the wealthy nor look down on those who are poor.