I am a people pleaser. I want everyone to be happy! However, sometimes that means I find myself in between swaying from my beliefs or making the group happy.
In James, he is talking to the Jewish Christians who have scattered a little perhaps since Stephen’s death. They are alone in some cases. They don’t have a lot of community, which means it may have been harder to stay strong in their beliefs. We see a glimpse of that in James 1:1-3:
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
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.”
James is encouraging them here in their struggles, knowing that it was probably different for each group. I love that he addresses them as brothers and sisters, family. I think so often we forget that we have this large community and that we are supposed to treat one another as family.
Today, I would encourage you to pray through a couple questions:
- Are you loving other Christians in your community like family? If not, repent, and ask God to help you love this person.
- When you experience trials or temptations, do you find yourself running to your community of believers, or do you try and “handle” it on your own?
- What are some ways your community can help you in any struggles or temptations that you might be going through right now?