Summary of passage: James offers some practical advice, saying everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger for man’s anger does not bring about righteous life. Get rid of all moral filth and evil and humbly accept the word planted in you.
Do what the word says. Anyone who doesn’t is like a man who just looks in a mirror and forgets what he sees. Anyone who follows the law will be blessed in what he does. Keep a tight rein on your tongue and look after orphans, widows, and keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
8a) Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger, get rid of all the moral filth and evil and accept the word planted in you. Do what the word says to do. Keep a tight rein on your tongue. Look after orphans and widows and keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I don’t listen very well and I do get angry easily. I don’t guard my tongue as I should. All of these I need to work on.
9a) Well, widows and orphans. The homeless. Kids on the streets. Latchkey kids. People in nursing homes.
b) We have a responsibility to all those less fortunate than ourselves. We can donate to charities that help these people. We can serve in food kitchens. Donate to food banks. Visit nursing homes (especially with our kids). Be vigilant when God puts certain individuals in our way to help.
Conclusions: Not as meaty as yesterday in terms of personal application but just as important. Important to heed James’s advice on how to live and to remember we are here to serve others.
My favorite was “to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” So often these days no one takes responsibility but we are just as responsible for being influenced by the world as the world is. Probably more so. We must keep ourselves away from situations where we are more likely to fall, limit what we are exposed to, and live according to the Word. This goes for our kids as well.
For I believe we cannot help/serve others effectively if we ourselves are “polluted”.