James 1:19–21 (ESV)
Hearing and Doing the Word
19 Know this,
my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls.
Several of my favorite verses in the new testament have to do with where does faith come from. Ephesians 2:8-10 is pivotal. “8 For by grace you have been
saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
This makes it clear that our faith is a gift from God. Also Romans 10:17 states: “17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” This is teaching us that faith comes from outside of ourselves, not cultivated
from within. We hear the word which causes faith. Then today’s reading makes it clear again. James 1:21 states: “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” Again, the Word comes from
outside of ourselves and it saves us. James makes a point that with God given faith also comes our response of works. Now works are a byproduct of our faith. It shows us our faith. We are not saved by works, but it shows our saving
I pray: O Lord, help us to put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. Amen.