Thursday, January 15, 2009

James 5:1-12 "Steadfastness"

Read James 5:1-12.

"Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord." NIV
At the beginning of the passage James is addressing the rich oppressors while the second half addresses how the oppressed should handle their suffering. Again, James is stressing to remain steadfast in the the path of the righteous. The Lord will punish those who have abused their own  wealth and those with less, and He will reward the steadfast.

This all seems clear and straightforward. I've always loved verse 12. No wishy-washy living. Yes, is yes, and no is no. Be real and truthful to the Lord and to yourself so that you don't fall into the enemy's trap to sin. 

Lord, help me to remain steadfast and to help those in need and never abuse the blessings that I have received. You are the only One to be honored and glorified.

Further Thoughts:
  1. Which group do you fall in -- the rich oppressor or patient, but simple believer? Are you sure? 
  2. What other passages speak to the responsibilities and/or punishments to come for the rich?
  3. Look again at vs 8. What does James mean by the phrase "establish your hearts?" 

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