Epistle of James

October 15, 2022

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

I feel like I have to give a little support to rich people. All the admonitions we read are against the rich who are completely self-involved, care only for the creation of the next amount of money and who neither see nor acknowledge the need around them.

Has it occurred to you; in comparison to Biblical times – we are like billionaires! Because we are, and because the admonitions worked, we tithe, we donate, we support causes that uplift those suffering in hard times, we donate blood in time of great need, we donate time – a precious commodity in today’s double-quick world. We share the wealth He has given us – we write a check or do online transactions and I’m reminded of what we say in church at the presentation of the gifts – “… and of thine own have we given Thee.”

Considering that we today are the rich of the olden times, let’s just give ourselves a little break, ok? Oh – and don’t forget to make that donation to …

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