The Book of James (part 1)

                                   The Book of James
Chapter 1:
Verse 1: of James is a general greeting to the 12 Tribes but also applies to us, the adopted children of God. 
Verse 2: James tells us, “my brethren count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations (divers meaning different kinds of temptation) and to count it all joy! Why? I don’t know about everybody else but I hate being tempted, and here James is telling us to count it all joy when we are tempted! 
Verse 3: Then we read, “knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” We can look at this I different way and relate trying of our faith to exercising our faith, (faith here means the confidence and trust that God will deliver us before we are tried beyond our ability.), and building up our patience. What happens if you work out one of your arms every day? You build muscle. What the Bible is saying here, in James, is the same thing except instead of your arm being worked out it’s your faith that is exercised. As our faith grow stronger our patient grows stronger. I’m always amazed by how The Lord, did and continues to, reveal to us how He intertwined the Word and human experiences!
Verse 4: “but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” 
Perfect~ thorough, complete, without flaws.
Entire~ undivided, unimpaired, whole.
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