New Testament In a Year: November 22 – James 5

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James 5
(1-6) Warning to the Rich
Those who store up riches for themselves, especially when those riches are gained at the expense of others, will be judged by God. He sees all wrongdoing that humans do against one another and He will not let it go unpunished forever.

(7-12) Patience in Suffering
After planting the seed, the farmer has to wait several months to harvest the produce. So we also must wait patiently for the second coming of the Lord. Even amidst suffering, we must endure and remain faithful just as Job remained faithful when he was hit by much affliction. If we do so, we will be blessed for the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

(13-20) The Prayer of Faith
There is power in prayer, especially prayers that are said in faith. People can use prayer at all moments of life, especially when they are sick and suffering. Through prayer, illness can go away and sins can be forgiven. Prayer is powerful when we pray alone or just for ourselves, but there is a special power in prayer when we pray with others and for others. Jesus the Christ said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” For our prayers to be effective, however, we must make sure that our hearts and lives are righteous before God.

If we bring back someone who wanders from the truth of the Gospel, we will be responsible for bringing him or her to salvation in Christ and having that person’s sins covered. Even though Christ is the only one who can actually save souls, this Scripture passage shows that it is our duty to be actively involved in helping the lost get found.

Favorite verse: (15) And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

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