James 5:1-6, A Warning to Rich People .. something to think about these days ..
1 You rich people, listen to me. Cry and sob, because you will soon be suffering. 2 Your riches have rotted. Moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver have lost their brightness. Their dullness will give witness against you. Your wanting more and more will eat your body like fire. You have stored up riches in these last days. 4 You have even failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields. Their pay is crying out against you. The cries of those who gathered the harvest have reached the ears of the Lord who rules over all. 5 You have lived an easy life on earth. You have given yourselves everything you wanted. You have made yourselves fat like cattle that will soon be butchered. 6 You have judged and murdered people who aren’t guilty. And they weren’t even opposing you.
In this chapter the apostle James denounces the judgments of God upon those rich men and women who not only oppress the poor, fail to help a neighbor in need and the folly of riches and wealth in the sight of God. Think about it – God does not need your wealth or money , or anyone’ elses – He Owns It All!,
How much do the wealthy “grieve” when the end comes near? What punishments would befall those who only care for themselves? The faitful Christians and believers are exhorted to patience under their trials and sufferings, and to recall that verse you learned when young – Proverbs 3:5 – Trust In The Lord with ALL THINE HEART .. and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Having a proper and spiritual ( God Centered View ) of how we are to strive to act, both under affliction and in prosperity .. prayer for the sick, and anointing with oil, are prescribed – and Christians are directed to acknowledge their faults one to another, and to pray one for another, and the efficacy of prayer is proved. And, lastly, it is recommended to us to do what we can for bringing back those that stray from the ways of truth.
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