How to Behave in Trials, Part 1
Passage: James 1:19–1:21
The context of this passage is trials. We have learned ..
- What we know in trials is that the testing of our faith produces patience
- We are confident that God is at work in our trials
- We understand what we need in our trials is wisdom
- We recognize what is important in our trials is faith
- We realize what we are not to do in our trials. We are not to sin.
- We understand what we are to remember the goodness and generosity of God in our trials.
This morning, our attention will be on how we are to behave in our trials.
1A. HOW TO RESPOND TO TRIALS (1:19-20)
1B. What we are to be swift to do, verse 19a.
2B. What we are to be slow to do, verses 19b-20.
1C. Slow to speak
2C. Slow to wrath
2A. HOW TO LISTEN TO GOD (1:21)
1B. By rejecting sin
1C. Fight sin within you
2C. Flee from sin around you
2B. By receiving God’s Word
The key to this passage is receiving the implanted Word of God with meekness. Meekness is primarily an inward disposition. Meekness is an inwrought grace of the soul, and the expressions of it are primarily toward God. It is an attitude of heart of accepting God’s dealings with us as good without disputing or resisting.
It is the previously implanted Word that saved our souls and implanted a desire for God’s Word. It is God’s Word that is the secret to responding appropriately to our trials and listening to God in the midst of our trials,