James: Not Only Behavior Modificiation
James 1:19-27 ESV
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Happy Monday from Live In The Round! This week, we pick up in our study on the book of James. Verses 19-27 are simply written, but have huge implications for followers of Christ.
As we read this week, the challenge is to hold our hearts up to the light of Scripture and expose the sinful areas that do not reflect Christ. The goal isn't to just switch our behaviors, but rather repent for considering ourselves godly, yet not reflecting Christ in our hearts and lives.
Themes this week include:
Anger: Do we recognize 'quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry' is a command, not a suggestion?
Hearing and Doing: How does the Word of God change our hearts?
A Call to Action: How knowing the Bible means change.
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