Contemplations – Book of James II

Faith in action

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Lately, I’ve had the opportunity to dig deeper in The Word, particularly in the prolific teachings of James. Poetic and eloquent he was. The magnitude of wit embodied in his epistles is invigorating. The Holy Ghost was infused in him.

Over the past year, I have grown fond of poetic books. It takes a beautiful soul to juxtapose life’s principles along with fable allegories in such a way, that profoundly affects a person’s life – (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes) – you want a good laugh, I suggest that you read Ecclesiastes and find out: how hysteric we can become when we fail to embrace the enthusiastic humor of life.

I am grateful for a close friend who encouraged me to embark on this journey. It certainly was a moment of self-reflection that I desperately needed to gain a sense of clarity.

Nonetheless, let’s digress to the book of James. The second chapter essentially encourages us to embody unconditional love (agape). This gift of life we possess, we are undeserving of. Anarchy has taken the foothold of society and yet here we are. The Most High is rich in mercy and freely gives.

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism

Extortion has become a commendable norm. Besides, it has increasingly become apparent that social institutions are designed to favor those who plan their course and have a vested interest in the preservation of the status quo.

But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?

We need to start spreading sincere love again. Many hearts are increasingly becoming calloused. We cannot simply rely on people’s words and emotions; genuine love is expressed through a person’s actions. Now is the time to be more accountable and allow space for our actions to convey how we genuinely feel.

The blame game must stop. You cannot afford to judge other people when you have skeletons of your own you must tend to.

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it

The purpose of the laws enables us to realize that we are inadequate. Henceforth, all the boasting must come to an end. Nevertheless, it should not stop us from upholding a noble and righteous life, filled with grace and unconditional love.

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