James 1 (Part 2)

Join Beth Tikkun as we continue our study in the book of James. In this study we analyze the seven major areas of temptation and Yeshua’s six Torah quotes in Matthew 5. We also take a careful look at the subject of divorce and remarriage in light of the Torah and Yeshua’s teaching.

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James 1 (Part 2)

Categories Apostolic Writings, James, Media | Tags: , , , | Posted on May 12, 2013

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  1. by Lori

    On August 18, 2015

    In James 1 part 2 when you speak of not being angry, are you speaking about the feeling of anger or taking action because of the feeling? Do we have control over how we feel as a result of someone’s words or actions? This sounds kind of like a dumb question to me, but unfortunately, this is how I think.

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On August 23, 2015

    Lori, I am referring first and foremost to any actions we take while angry. Though sometimes action taken in anger can be a righteous act, it is usually not the case. Fear and anger are both strong emotions, but we must never allow them to control our actions. They may walk alongside, but never in front. All of our actions must be the product of self control. As James says, “the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:20) Your second question is very interesting and a much more difficult one to answer, ‘Do we have control over how we feel as a result of someone’s words or actions?’ There is nothing ‘dumb’ about this question! Here is my response: For an immature person, the answer is no. But for a mature person (read “humble”) the answer is yes. I believe that it is possible for a person to achieve such a spiritual level that the words and actions of others do not provoke in them feelings of anger. There are exceptions, of course. But I think you will find that the spiritually mature person never becomes angry over personal insult, but only over things that are done and said to others. Yeshua is the perfect example. He was angry about what the money changers were doing to “My Father’s house”, but not about the Roman executioners personally did to Him! I believe our anger should only be on behalf of others, and not on behalf of ourselves. We should rush to the defense and protection of others, but allow God to be our own refuge and defense. Does this make sense? I know it can be a very difficult thing to do. Shalom & Blessings, Grant

  3. by Lori

    On August 23, 2015

    This does make sense, and it is very helpful. I only hope and pray that I grow spiritually more mature every day so that I can achieve that level of love in my life. I am so blessed by your teachings and thanks so much for taking the time to answer. Shalom

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