(August 24, 2015)
I had two thoughts as I read through these chapters (both from James). The first was on James saying that he was a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. This seems to bluntly, directly, and unequivocally (to my limited understanding) contradict the Nicean conception of the Trinity. I am, of course, less familiar with their thinking that I am with the religion I know, but I would be curious to know how someone holding that belief addresses James’s words here.
The second thought was more personal, and something I need to work on. The scriptures here clearly tell me that the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God. I like to tell myself from time to time that it does, and I lie to myself that I can advance the work of the Lord if I “stand up” to those that are being unfair to me. I am justified, I tell myself, because they have done x, y, and z and these things were both wrong and have hurt me.