Sun, Feb 10, 2019

Keep calm and carry on

Hanging on to faith, persevering in the face of trials, temptation, struggles and suffering is not easy. But, as James illustrates, if our attitude to the way we use our material resources is not right, then our perseverance is in vain.

These verses are a corrective towards selfishness, a selfishness that apparently manifested itself in an extreme form in James's experience; so keen were some to get wealth and keep it, in that they were prepared to do anything to achieve their goal (v.4).

It all boils down to a question of attitude - a matter of what we are inside, that affects the way we deal with and how we respond to the needs of others.