How does the Christian cope with the real world? How do we put our faith into action and live in anticipation of the Lord's return? The epistle of James is a manual for practical godliness. Everything is here, including facing trials, blaming God for misfortunes, snobbery, sharp tongues, faith and works, squabbling in churches, worldliness, and the use of money.
In this searching and straightforward commentary, Gordon Keddie confronts the reader with a challenge—to apply James' message to our hearts and put it into practice in our lives.
“God’s Word shows that sin is slavery, that his will is the way of freedom from sin and to salvation and that, in Christ the incarnate Word, it is the instrument of liberation in the believer’s experience.” (Page 77)
“Do you find yourself sliding into confusion of mind and bitterness of soul as you evaluate God’s dealings with your life?” (Page 33)
“We are better at spectating than participating. We love to watch others, but prefer to do nothing ourselves.” (Page 74)
“The ‘all’ in the text refers to all who sincerely and believingly apply to him for help” (Page 34)
“James’ point is this: however desperate or straightened our circumstances may be from time to time, we must not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of being depressed by them. If these things get to us and make us feel helpless, worthless and despairing, it is only because we have been ready to tie our feelings of worth to an essentially material standard. Riches can be as deceitful when we don’t have them, but wish we did, as when we have them in abundance! Rather, look to your true status as a child of God and an heir of the covenant promises of the Lord. You belong to Christ! So do your circumstances, for they are within the orbit of his plan for your ultimate good, your full salvation.” (Page 42)