James 2

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For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

– James 2:10

It is unfortunately common for me as a pastor to interact with well meaning (and often newer to the faith) Christians who are seeking to become more righteous by the keeping of the Old Covenant commands. While the initial motivations are often genuine, the aim is ultimately off. The Old Covenant could never make one righteous. If it could then there would have been no need for a New Covenant in Christ. But what the Old Covenant does do (very effectively) is reveal our utter sinfulness. If you keep the whole law and fail in one point, you are guilty of all.

The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

James 1

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But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

– James 1:4

Too often the joke has been made, “Don’t pray for patience… you’ll get trials.” But the fact is, whether you pray for patience or not, you will get trials. As individuals living in a fallen world, trials are a realty, but patience as a byproduct of trials is not. The only way to glean the precious fruits of patience and completeness through trials is to accept, on the front end of the trial, that God intends to use this in my life for His ultimate purposes and my ultimate good.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon