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Synopsis of : PROVERBS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT – pt. 5
THE TEST OF A TRUE TESTIMONY
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from:
James 1:19-27 ~Hearing and Doing the Word
19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law – the law that sets you free – and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it . 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Today, we continue in our series on the epistle of James by examining verses 19-27 of the first chapter.
James message is not justification by works but justifications that works. He insists that righteousness involves performance, nor merely perception of truth. Piety that is devotional but does not have practical application in life is counterfeit.
In fact, the entire book of James is a practical application of the principles of the Sermon on the Mount. James was a pragmatic sort of fellow. He sw clearly that the majority of people are not moved by theoretical persuasion, but are looking for practical answers, for purpose and meaning, and for direction in the midst of problems involving ethics and challenges.
Before he has even finished his first few verses of the first chapter he advises his readers don’t speak without caution, and te bery careful about the temper which resides in each one of you.
This is the kind of advice you can carry with you as you go about your day’s work. It reminds me of a list of twelve “nevers” that I have given to some couples, to help them avoid trouble. The first and main three on the list are.
• Never both get angry at the same time.
• Never talk at one another, either alone or in company
• Never speak loudly to one another, unless the house is on fire.
If I added one more it would have to be….
• Never, ever…. use the word “always” and “never” when you are arguing.
You know, like “
“You never help me around here.”
“You always complain about my hobbies”
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