Friday, March 10, 2017

2 sections

Here's 2 sections from the last chapter in James' letter / epistle.

The first section has some pretty direct things to say to one section of humanity.

The second section has some pretty strong things to say about communicating with God.

Just read them both & absorb what they have to say...

James 5

1 Look here, you rich people:

Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.

2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.

3 Your gold and silver have become worthless.

The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire.

This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment.

4 For listen!

Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay.

The wages you held back cry out against you.

The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

  5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire.

You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.

6 You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.

13 Are any of you suffering hardships?

You should pray.

Are any of you happy?

You should sing praises.

14 Are any of you sick?

You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you,

anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick,

and the Lord will make you well.

And if you have committed any sins,

you will be forgiven.

  16 Confess your sins to each other

and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

17 Elijah was as human as we are,

and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall,

none fell for three and a half years!

18 Then, when he prayed again,

the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

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