But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (James 1:22)
For the next few weeks, our New Testament epistle reading us takes into the book of James. Tradition has it that James was Jesus’ brother (Mark 6:30) and the head of the early church (Acts 12:17).
The letter is most probably a circular to all of the churches and is written to encourage the early Christians to put their faith into action. James begins in chapter one by encouraging his readers to be faithful in spite of whatever trials and temptations may come their way and to be thankful for all that God has blessed them with:
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above. (James 1:17)
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills