Our scripture this morning is ‭‭James‬ ‭5:7-12.

“Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door! For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy. But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.”

James teaches about the need for patience as we wait for the Lord’s coming. He tells us to “take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near” (v. 8), a reminder that we don’t know when Christ will return and that we must always be ready. The word has been given and it is up to us to share the Good News with everyone.

He also warns us not to “grumble about each other” (v. 9). Our complaining and finger-pointing will not lead us to the kingdom of God. Our task is to ensure everyone is told of God’s saving love; it is then up to each to choose for themselves.

Finally, he speaks about suffering, which we brought into the world through sin. God sent His son to save us and only in Christ can we be forgiven, cleansed and made right with our Heavenly Father. We must still endure the hardship of human life but we have the promise of salvation and His certain return to strengthen us.

Gracious God, by Your mercy we can be reunited with You and go in Your name to all people. Bless us to share Your love wherever we are. Amen.

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