James


Chapter 1 (1 - 12)

From James, servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Greetings to believers scattered around the world

You will always have difficulties and things going wrong.
When they happen, praise God for them and patiently keep going

Blessed are people who stand firm when trials come. They have proved themselves, and will win the prize of eternal life which the Lord has promised to those who love him

Jesus, please give me patience and praise when life gets tough

 


Chapter 1 (19 - 25)

Be quick to listen, and slow to speak, and even slower to get angry.
God's goodness is never helped by human anger

Accept and submit to the word which has been planted in your heart and can save your soul

Do what the word tells you. Don't just listen to it. Actively put God's word into practice in your life

Jesus, help me put your word into practice in my life each day

 


Chapter 1 (26 - 27)

Don't go thinking you're "religious" while your tongue is out of control. That's the wrong idea of religion

Genuine religion, in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows, and staying clear of bad values

Jesus, help me control my tongue
...and help me do more to help the poor

 


Chapter 2 (1 - 13)

Don't try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people

Suppose two men come into your prayer meeting, one beautifully dressed and with a gold ring; the other poor and in shabby clothes

If you welcome the rich man, and look down on the poor man, you are making a big mistake

It was those who are poor according to the world that God chose to be rich in faith

So, never make distinctions between classes of people.
Everyone is your neighbor. Love your neighbor as yourself

There will be judgment without mercy for people who have not been merciful. But merciful people need have no fear of judgment

Jesus, help me treat everyone equally and fairly. No favorites

 


Chapter 2 (14 - 26)

Faith and good works need to go together.

Suppose someone is lacking clothes and food, and you say "I wish you well" and do nothing to help them.

What good is that? Faith without good deeds is useless

Jesus, please help me put my faith into action by good deeds

 


Chapter 3 (3 - 10)

When a bit is put into a horse's mouth, the whole animal is under control. A tiny rudder can control a big ship

In the same way, if you can control your tongue,
you can control every other part of yourself

The tongue is a whole wicked world in itself. It is so hard to control.
We use it to bless God, but we also use it to curse people made in God's image

Jesus, please help me control my tongue!

 


Chapter 3 (16 - 17)

Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony and evil practices

On the other hand,  wisdom from heaven is good and peaceful and kindly and considerate. It is full of compassion, and does good.
There is no trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it

Jesus,  give me wisdom. Make me peaceful 

 


Chapter 4 (7 - 12)

Turn towards God. Turn away from the Devil,
and the Devil will run away from you

Clean your hearts and minds. Be sorry for your sins.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up

Do not slander one another. Who are you to give a verdict on your neighbor?

Jesus, help me understand  "the time to judge others is never"

 


Chapter 4 (13 - 15)

Avoid talking like this: "Tomorrow I'm going to another town, to do business there for a year "

You don't know what will happen tomorrow. You are no more than a mist that is here for a little while, then disappears

What you should say is: "If it's the Lord's will, tomorrow I'm going to another town for a year"

Jesus, help me to remember to say to people: "God willing, I will see you next month" or "Please God, I will see you next month", rather than just "I'll see you next month"

 


Chapter 5 (1 - 6)

Are you rich and powerful? Then start weeping for the miseries that are coming your way

Your wealth is rotting, your clothes are being eaten by moths.
And your body also will soon be corroding in a burning fire

You cheated your workers. You lived a life of luxury 
without any care for people who were suffering

You condemned and killed the innocent

Jesus, give uncaring rich and powerful people 
a change of heart

 


Chapter 5 (13 - 18)

If one of you is in trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing a psalm

If someone is sick, send for the elders of the church. They must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and pray over him.
The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven

Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another,
and this will heal you

The heartfelt prayer of a good person is very powerful. Elijah prayed 
for rain, and rain came

Jesus, please help sick people have the opportunity
to receive the "Anointing of the Sick"