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The Book of James – Have Mercy James 5:7-11

27 Jan

patience

Introduction

We are heading into the homestretch of our study in James.  Last time we talked about those who take advantage and cheat in order to accumulate wealth.  The charge we receive next will be challenging even to the point of saying “that’s not fair”.

I posted an article on this very subject in July 2013 entitled “That’s not Fair”.  If you believe God is giving you the short end of the stick, check it out sometime.  Fair warning: I was a bit long winded that day.

Our Responsibility to the Lost

In verse 7 it sounds like James is shifting away for the original thought to start talking about having patience. Actually he is not quite finished with the thought.  James has stated correctly that those who steal and cheat their way to wealth are spiritually empty but for a time it looks like they are getting away with it.  We have all seen this type of thing before.  We see someone doing wrong but nothing happens to them.  James says be patient, God’s accounts are not settled overnight.  Why doesn’t God bring immediate judgment against those who do evil?  James tells us why in this verse; God loves everyone and desires that all men repent.  God is waiting and giving them a chance to call on God.  Thank God that he waited for me to repent.  We should all think the same way.  We didn’t start as good Christians treating everyone with kindness.  God was merciful and waited for us so we should expect God to be merciful and wait for those whom we think are evil to repent as well.  In verse 8 James charges us to understand that God is patient so we too should show them mercy and be patient.  Time is short, Jesus is coming back, and when he comes all will be set right.

Example Time

crucifixionLuke 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

No commentary needed.

Our Responsibility to Each Other

Starting in verse 9 we do see somewhat of a transition.  After challenging us to have patience for those who do evil James now focuses on patience with our brothers in Christ.  Don’t be so easily offended by words or actions.  James mentions the afflictions of the prophets in verse 10 and the troubles of Job in verse 11.  They endured much in their lifetime.  Still they did endure and God used them as examples of patience and continuing in well doing.

Jesus saidBlessed are the merciful: for they will obtain mercy“.

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Until Night,

A Servant

 

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9 responses to “The Book of James – Have Mercy James 5:7-11

  1. Mwathablog

    January 29, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Reblogged this on mwathablog.

     
  2. Brother Murf

    January 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    James is one of my favorites!

     
    • A Servant

      January 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Absolutely. For me it is because James is so down to earth.
      A Servant

       
  3. Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

    January 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    James has always been one of my favorite books, too. Another great post. :).

     
    • A Servant

      January 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. I just posted the final installment. “Power of Prayer” It has been a great ride.
      I’m working on something new and hope to start that next week.
      A Servant

       
      • Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

        January 31, 2014 at 4:47 pm

        Can’t wait to read it. Going to save it for part of my evening devotion time, I think. 🙂

         
        • A Servant

          January 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm

          Wow, that’s a compliment. I am honored. Enjoy your communion with God this evening.
          A Servant

           
  4. Elaine

    February 2, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Wonderful post– you were right when you commented to me previously that it is challenging. Oh my yes! Patience with someone who has “done us wrong” is right up there with forgiveness–it feels like an impossible feat! However without it we will never have peace in our hearts truly. I experienced that this year when I realized the need to let my ex-husband know that I had forgiven him for the things that caused our divorce to happen. He passed away a short time afterwards but he had peace in his heart as do I. It was not an easy thing to do–took me many years, but I am glad I was able to do it. Biggest challenge I ever had in my life it feels like!

     
    • A Servant

      February 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

      To forgive is an evidence of salvation. Without the change we have no capacity to forgive.
      A Servant

       

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