As we reviewed our verses from the first two weeks of James (which wasn't without mistake) my husband and I shared with each other just how exciting and convicting and challenging and all around good this experience has been so far.
Only two weeks in though... so how could it have gone any other way?
We both spoke of the way God's word is coming alive, seeing it at work as though we had been missing something all this time. We spoke of the conviction we both have felt so far to apply this precious word all the more completely in our lives, our home, our walks, our marriage.
And then to experience it come to life, see it in others too.
Yes. It has been a good two weeks.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
As we sipped on coffee at our weekly Bible study Tuesday night a woman, new to our humble church, shared her story with us. Shared her fears. Shared her failures. Shared her want for a savior - a want that has been hiding in the shadow of her feelings of a need to fix herself.
Another shared her heartache in feeling inadequate. Unworthy. Not good enough for this life in Christ that she had accepted years before.
Once again that part of verse 5 stands out to me - without finding fault.
Without finding fault.
And it's not as if these two are without fault. Just as I am guilty, they are too.
Without finding fault.
Tears were spilt and the gospel was shared. Prayers were prayed and God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, was glorified in the rededication of one heart and the new acceptance of Jesus in another. Hearts reconciled unto Him. Lives reborn. The holy Word of God come to life right before our eyes. To witness this is precious, beautiful.
Let our eyes not be blind to these glorious tasks You set before us, oh Lord. Steady our hands. Guide our hearts. Use us as You will, that we may be more mature, more complete - more like Jesus.