“Lord, James is a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is writing to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad. He greets me.
As one of the brethren, I count it all joy when I fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of my faith produces patience. I will be careful to let patience accomplish its perfect work in me, that I may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Lord, lacking in wisdom, I ask of it from You right now, because you give to all liberally and without reproach, and I know that it will be given to me. Lord, I ask in faith, and I don’t doubt, because when I doubt, I am like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. Lord, in that case, I cannot suppose that I will receive anything from You; since that would make me double-minded and unstable in all my ways.
Lord, as a lowly brother, I glory in my exultation. As a rich person, I glory in my humiliation, because as a flower of the field I will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So I know that as a rich man I will also fade away with my pursuits.
Lord, I am blessed when I endure temptation; for when I have been approved, I will receive the crown of life which You have promised to all who love You. Lord, I will not say when I am tempted, ‘I am being tempted by You’; for You cannot be tempted by evil, nor do You Yourself tempt anyone. But I know that I am tempted when I am drawn away by my own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin in me; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death in me. As Jame’s brother in Christ, let me not be deceived. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from You, the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of Your own will You brought me forth by the word of truth, that I might be a kind of firstfruits of Your creatures.
So then, as a beloved brother, let me be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath, for I know that my wrath does not produce the type of righteousness that You are looking for.
Therefore, am going to lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save my soul. But I will be careful to be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only, deceiving myself. Because I know that if I am a hearer of the word and not a doer, it is like I am observing my natural face in a mirror; I look at myself, go away, and immediately forget what kind of man I am. But when I look into the perfect law of liberty and continue in it, and I’m not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, I will be blessed in what I do. If I think I’m religious, and don’t bridle my tongue but deceive my own heart, my religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before You my Father is to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep myself unspotted from the world.”
– Adapted from James 1:1-27, NKJV