As I went back over James today these verses just hit me. I believe they did because I struggle with anger more than anything now. I love the challenge that James gives us in verse 21, “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your soul.” We need to work on surrendering to God and letting the Spirit lead us that is when our hearts are changed and we can grow in maturity.
Chapter 1 verse 22 says, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” We can’t think that once we are done reading we are good, God’s word is our manual for life and we must learn it and live it so we change and grow. We need to remember that Jesus coming freed us from our sinful desires and gave us a way back to the Father. Our hearts must be transformed and opened to what God has given us so we do not have to do anything on our own.
His word and the Spirit will lead us to the narrow road. We can never feel comfortable we must humbly come to God daily in prayer and an open heart knowing that when we do we will feel the peace and joy that only comes from the Lord. Amen