James 4


A tour of James 4 with Ken Boa.

Selfishness and materialism lead to quarrels, disunity, and pride; James counsels us to humble ourselves and submit to God rather than envying and slandering others (4:1-12).  Those who engage in business must submit their plans to God’s will and avoid the arrogance of autonomy (4:13-17).

The theme of James is the character of true faith as it is expressed in various situations and relationships.  The Jewish believers scattered throughout the Roman Empire were struggling with trials and temptations, and there were evidently problems in their assemblies with spiritual apathy, preferential treatment of the wealthy, disunity, and materialism that needed to be corrected.  James wrote this letter to exhort them to persevere in obedience to the truth and to apply a living faith in Christ to their attitudes and actions.  A lack of change in personal character and conduct is symptomatic of a dead faith.



Lord, may I submit to You in all things and resist the devil.  May I draw near to You and humble myself in Your presence.

Meditation passage for today: verses 4, 6-8, 17

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