Monday, March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:43 PM
I started reading the book of James again last night. I learned several things from the first chapter of James. Here they are.
Listening and Doing:
- Be quick to listen
- Slow to speak
- Slow to anger
- Get rid of all moral filth
- Humbly accept THE WORD planted in you
- Do what THE WORD says
- Keep a tight rein on your tongue
- Look after orphans and widows
- Keep oneself from being polluted by the world
Some of my favorite and most useful Bible verses come from this chapter in the book of James.
James 1:19 … Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
I read this chapter of James out of my favorite Bible. It use to belong to a very dear friend. He was our previous Pastor. When we lived in Texas we found this little Southern Baptist Church in Burkburnett, Texas. Jan Lee Baptist Church became our church home during the four years we were stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. Pastor Jim Smithee became like a father to me and taught me many valuable life lessons. He had cancer when we first met him and in June of 2003, a year before we left Texas, Pastor Smithee went home to be with our Heavenly Father.
I felt so close to the Lord last night as I read these verses and I felt like Pastor Smithee was guiding me in what I read as I looked at the chapter and saw the underlined words. It was like he was telling me…. “you KNOW this Kim, you know it.” It was so awesome.
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to read from Pastor Smithee’s Bible.
I pray that the Lord blesses your day today.
Learning to walk in God’s grace one day at a time,
“Bring the Rain” by Mercy Me