Welcome to the study of the book of James, Week Three!! I am so glad that you are here and I hope you will be totally blessed beyond anything that you could ever imagine!!
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I want this faith-study to be doable for the busy mom with littles as well as the mom who works from home, outside of her home, or the empty nester. We need to daily get into God’s Word in order not to backslide but without taking an hour or two. Most of us do not have the luxury of that much time!!
Let’s dig right in!!
Are You Excluding Other Women Because You are Part of a Click?
Read James 2:1-13 thoughtfully and prayerfully.
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory with respect of persons. For if there come into your assembly a (wo)man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor (wo)man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? ~James 2:1-4~
James was written for either men or women but I think it is a book that can be applied so well to strengthening our growth as godly women.
Sometimes we can be so focused in our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we lose sight of where we are going. We can think we are doing all the right things that we overlook something vitally important.
The issues in this passage are common and ones we need to deal with. How often I am so happy to see my friends that I forget to notice a women standing at the fringes of the room!
James says we are showing ‘favoritism’ when we only want to be around those women who are dressed in the latest fashions.
This is a good reminder not to ‘click’ off with the most popular women and neglect to include the new lady or the one who isn’t dressed as nice.
When we stay with our favorite friends at the exclusion of others, we have discriminated among ourselves and become judges with evil thoughts. Our thoughts are evil when we favor someone based on how well off they are, even when we do this subconsciously.
This passage helps us to become aware of what we might be doing!
Are You Left Out?
Growing up, I was never in the “IN” group, I was always on the fringes. Chances are you know what I mean.
Are you the one who is left out?
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? ~James 2:5~
What a precious verse!
I love the King James Version but sometimes the words used are not what we are accustomed to choosing in our daily conversation today.
Hearken means to listen. It is telling us that we are about to hear something very important.
- We are beloved or dear sisters in Christ.
- Do you struggle financially? It says that God has chosen those who are poor in this world to be rich in faith.
- You are a daughter of the King or heirs of the kingdom.
- God has promised these things to those who love Him.
If you are the woman who is often left out, chosen last, and forgotten, I want to leave you with a challenge.
Recently I was at a women’s gathering at my church, when I was drawn to reach out to the woman sitting to my right. The easiest thing would have been to turn and talk with the woman sitting on my left, because I knew her.
When you step out of your comfort zone to bless and encourage someone, the blessing actually returns to you!
Women don’t always show what they are feeling deep inside.
In reaching out, you might encourage a very lonely woman. She might be an ultra introvert and find it very difficult to take the first step in friendship.
She might be deeply hurting in some way.
You might have blessed her immeasurably.
There is so much more in these thirteen verses that can speak to our hearts. In my worksheet, I have asked some questions that will help you to think through what I did not cover here.
I hope you have been encouraged and blessed today.
What other ways is God speaking to your heart through these verses?
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