The Importance Of Doing What Is
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the true
Israelites scattered among the nations, greeting.
My brothers, regard it as only a cause for joy, when you fall into all
kinds of trials. Know that the testing of your faith develops patience;
but let your patience do its perfect work, that you may be perfect and
complete, lacking nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men
liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him. Only let him
ask with faith, with never a doubt, for the man who doubts is like the
waves of the sea, driven and tossed by the winds. Let not such a man
think, that a half-hearted man, unstable in all his ways, will receive
anything from God.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has stood the
test, he will receive the crown of life which is promised to all who
love God. Let no man say when he is being tempted: "I am tempted of
God," for God cannot be tempted to do wrong, and he himself tempts no
one. Each man is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own
evil desire. Then the evil desire gives birth to sin, and sin, when it
is full grown, brings death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every
perfect blessing comes from above, from the Father who is the source of
all light, with whom there is no variation nor shadow made by turning.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every one be quick to hear, slow to
speak, slow to be angry, for a man's anger does not promote the
righteousness that God approves. So putting away all that is vile and
wicked, receive with humility the message of truth that is deeply rooted
in you which is able to save your soul.
Do what that message commands, and do not merely hear it and deceive
yourselves. For if any one hears that message but does not do as it
commands, he is like a man who looks at his own face in the mirror, for
he looks at himself, goes off, and at once forgets what he is like. But
he who looks into the perfect law of freedom and continues to do so, not
merely listening to it and then forgetting, but does real work, will be
blessed in what he does.
If any one thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but
deceives himself, his religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and
stainless, such as God our Father approves is this: to visit the orphans
and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself clean from the evil of
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