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James 2: 1-2 Summary

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Previously [day-9] I wrote about how James dealt with the way we treat the poor in James 2:1-9. He used them as an illustration for how to make good decisions. In that section, James addressed how people in the church chose to treat the rich and the poor. The distinctions they made between them were based on arbitrary criteria that betrayed a serious lack of wisdom. The fact that Christians were judging others based upon their ability to earn income showed a perspective that gloried in the wrong things. They chose to rejoice in riches instead of godliness.
In James 5:1-6, James addressed the decisions rich people made when interacting with the poor. This further illustrates the principles of decision-making explored in the book's message. He …show more content…

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  • Analyzes how james dealt with the way we treat the poor in james 2:1-9. he used them as an illustration for how to make good decisions.
  • Analyzes how james 5:1-6 illustrates the principles of decision-making explored in the book's message. he previously told the rich to glory in their humiliation.
  • Analyzes how james laid the foundation for helping these people come closer to god by showing them the pathway to repentance.
  • Opines that condemning and berating satisfies a sense of justice within. the loving person attacks the problem instead of the person.
  • Explains that james outlined for them the pathway to righteousness. desires lead to sin. sin brings forth death. if we reverse the process and follow different desires, we find life and through wisdom bring about the best possible circumstances in life.
  • Analyzes how the three verbs in the last sentence reveal different nuances of instruction. they all essentially have the same definition, but they have different flavors.
  • Explains that a godly leader reveals sin based upon the teachings of the word of god. definitions and explanations are part of this process.
  • Opines that a good rebuke applies the revelation of sin to life, because sometimes we do not see it in our own behavior.
  • Opines that it is inadequate to expose sin but neglect to show them how to remove it.
  • Analyzes how james masterfully exposes the root of sin and reveals the path out of it. he reminds people of the futility of their current lifestyle choices.
  • Opines that when we face the end of life, we cannot take those things with us beyond the grave. will riches purchase pardon from god when the people they cheated seek justice?
  • Opines that if people seek wealth above righteousness, they will face justice from a just god, and nothing can save them. they condemned and murdered the poor, whether figuratively or literally.
  • Opines that the pathway to righteousness lies ever before us. we should be sure that we are looking at our behavior and choosing the desires that lead to life.

Rebuke is essential. A good rebuke applies the revelation of sin. Once a person sees what sin is, a godly leader will show how that sin applies to life, because sometimes we do not see it. We easily see sin when other people engage in it, but we sometimes do not see it in our own behavior. We tend to judge ourselves based on our intentions, not our actions. A godly leader will apply the Word so that we clearly see our sin, if we are involved in …show more content…

That is the signal of manipulation. Sometimes people will not know HOW others can walk out if sin, so we should not judge too harshly. But leaders need to address this. They need to find the wisdom necessary to show the pathway of righteousness and call others to walk it. It is inadequate to expose sin but neglect to show them how to remove it.

The book of James masterfully exposes the root of sin and reveals the path out of it. And now he calls upon people to take that path. Notice how this is accomplished. He reminds them of the futility of their current lifestyle choices. Revealing the worthlessness of riches motivates them to glory in the right things. Instead of rejoicing in riches, he wants them to rejoice in righteousness.
What good is wealth in the end? When we face the end of life, we cannot take those things with us beyond the grave. Will riches purchase pardon from God when the people they cheated seek justice from

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