Stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh

James 5

James 5:1

The ungodly rich live only for this world as brutes do, and therefore the time shall come, when, like whipped or wounded beasts, they will howl in dismay. Those who by oppression cause the poor to weep shall themselves weep eternally.

James 5:2, 3

Goods ill gotten and greedily hoarded have heaven’s curse upon them. Such treasure is only accumulated wrath. Who would wish to increase a heap which shall cause his own flesh to burn?

James 5:4

Covetousness is capable of any and every meanness, and will enrich itself even from the earnings of the poor. The Lord of Hosts is the Guardian of the needy, and he will avenge their wrongs.

James 5:5-8

The great ones who wickedly persecute the righteous will soon be reckoned with, and the poor despised child of God shall speedily have his reward.

James 5:9

Wrongs will so soon be righted that we may well bear with them a little longer.

James 5:12

Our word is our bond; and anything beyond it is forbidden. Let us shun swearing of all kinds.

James 5:13-15

Use the means and pray. Medicine and supplication should go together. We send for the doctor and his draughts, why not send for the elders and their prayers?

James 5:16-18

This is not confession to a priest, but mutual acknowledgment of any wrong done to each other.

James 5:16-18

There are saints on earth whose prayers are equally prevalent. Why should we not be like them?

 

Behold the throne of grace!

The promise calls me near,

There Jesus shows a smiling face,

And waits to answer prayer.

 

My soul, ask what thou wilt,

Thou canst not be too bold;

Since his own blood for thee he spilt,

What else can he withhold?

 

Thine image, Lord, bestow,

Thy presence and thy love;

I ask to serve thee here below,

And reign with thee above.

 

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