- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read James 2
Do not show favoritism, show faith and mercy.
Favoritism must have been practiced among the churches in the first century and the writer of James took it seriously. Favoritism, especially in the church, is against to God who is merciful. It is against the law of God and an act of being judged by God.
he law of freedom (v.12) means the law of love (James 1:25). Being merciful is the way of keeping us from be favoritism. (Matthew 5:7)
Doing good work is showing faith. James addresses the relationship between faith and good works. He asserted that for faith to be alive, it has to be expressed in good works. Faith and work is not contradictory but they are complimentary. Faith is a foundation upon which a good work is done. Faith and good act works together.
James’ emphasis is on good acts, interpreting that Abraham’s faith (Genesis 15:6) was confirmed when he offered his son Isaac, action.
“A person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone,” (v24) is a controversial passage with Apostle Paul’s “Justified by faith alone,” (Romans 5:1). We need to read each passage with contextual understanding and from a big picture of the scriptural message, which leads to comprehensive interpretation.
The relationship between faith and deeds is like a relationship between body and spirit.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.