the first topic in james chapter two is a warning against prejudice. what does prejudice mean? merriam-webster dictionary says that it’s injury or damage resulting from some JUDGMENT or action of another in disregard of one’s rights. verses 2-4 gives a great example. the bottom line is DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS; love them. James 2:13 says, “There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.”
the second part of james chapter two is one of my favorites: faith without good deeds is dead. “Faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” (James 2:17). show others your faith by doing good deeds, whether that’s holding the door, donating to the food pantry, or simply encouraging others; make it obvious that you’re a christian. if you plant many seeds, expecting them to grow into fruit bearing trees, but don’t water them, there was no point in planting them. so if you go to church and say you’re a christian, but aren’t kind to others, you’re a hypocrite.
one of my new favorite songs my parents like is SCREEN DOOR by Rich Mullins. it’s a classic… look it up!
Is like a song you can’t sing
It’s about as useless as
A screen door on a submarine”
“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” James 2:26