The book of James is thought to have been written by James, the brother of Jesus. James didn't leave to start churches, so it is thought that he is writing his letter as encouragement to Christians everywhere to stay strong and not lose hope.
Read James 1:1-8.
- What images come to mind when you think of a wave?
- How is it affected by the wind and the tide? How does that translate to us being affected by the world?
- What do you think of when you hear "double-minded"?
Read James 1:9-18.
- What do you think of when you read that God tests us?
- What's the difference in test and temptation?
Read James 1:19-27.
- When have you been slow to speak and slow to anger?
- Are you quick to hear or quick to respond most often? What are the differences?
- What do you think of when you read about the person who forgets what he looks like?
Prayer for the Week:
Lord, teach me to be firmly grounded, not being pushed by the influences of the world. Allow me to listen to the words of others, not waiting for my opportunities to speak, but to really listen to them because I desire to know them and understand them. Keep my anger slow so that I can be quick to love and forgive. Help me see what tests and trials come my way, and when they differ from temptations. Increase my faith so that I may do your work.