As difficult as their situation is, rather than complain James tells them to control their tongues and give praise to the Lord. Their wisdom is not demonstrated by their words, but by their deeds.
They should not be tempted to escape their hardship by returning to the old culture or embracing the world system, for a friend of the world is an enemy of God. Rather, they must resist this temptation and submit to God who is in control.
Those who have more are not to cheat their workers. All are to live with the expectation of the coming of the Lord of compassion and mercy. Therefore, continue to pray, sing praises, and persevere.
Key Verse: James 1:22
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
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