Our trials may bend us, but they will not break us.
James 1:2-8, NIV 2011 "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."
James 1:12, NIV 2011 "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."
We must manage every part of our lives.
We manage our minds.
James 1:19-27, NIV 2011 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
We manage our relationships.
James 4:1-4, NIV 2011 What causes fights and quarrelsg among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battleh within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill.i You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive,j because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
We manage our possessions.
James 4:7-10, NIV 2011 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,r and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.s Wash your hands,t you sinners, and purify your hearts,u you double-minded.v 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.w 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.x
We are family!
James 2:1, NIV 2011 “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.”
James 2:12, NIV 2011 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
James 4:11-12, NIV 2011 11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another.y Anyone who speaks against a brother or sisterd or judges themz speaks against the lawa and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it,b but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge,c the one who is able to save and destroy.d But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?e