The Message

James 1

1I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello!

Faith Under Pressure

2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

9-11 When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.

12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.

13-15 Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.

16-18 So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

Act on What You Hear

19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

26-27 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

Nkwa Asem

Yakobo 1

1Saa krataa yi fi me Yakobo a meyɛ Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo somfo nkyɛn.

Mikyia mmusuakuw dumien a wɔahwete no nyinaa.

Gyidi ne nyansa

Anuanom, sɛ sɔhwɛ bi ba mo akwan mu a, momma mo ani nnye efisɛ, sɛ mo gyidi tumi gyina sɔhwɛ no ano a, ɛno ansa na munya boasetɔ. Momma boasetɔ no ntena mo mu daa nyinaa sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛyɛ pɛ a biribiara ho nhia mo.

Sɛ nyansa ho hia mo mu bi a, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔbɔ mpae srɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔbɛma no bi, efisɛ, Onyankopɔn fi ayamye ne adom mu ma obiara nea ehia no no kwa. Na sɛ worebɔ mpae a, ɛsɛ sɛ wugye di a wunnye ho akyinnye. Obiara a ogye akyinnye no te sɛ ɛpo asorɔkye a mframa bɔ no kɔ baabiara a ɛpɛ. Ɛnsɛ sɛ saa onipa no susuw sɛ obenya biribiara afi Awurade nkyɛn; n’adwene yɛ no ntanta a ontumi nsi biribiara pi.

Ohia ne ahonya

Sɛ Onyankopɔn ma onua hiani so a, ɛsɛ sɛ n’ani gye, 10 na ɔdefo a wɔbrɛ no ase no nso saa ara. Efisɛ, ɔdefo no twam kɔ sɛ wuram afifide bi. 11 Owia pue de ne hyew no hyew afifide no ma n’ahoɔfɛ no sɛe. Saa ara na wɔbɛsɛe ɔdefo no bere a ogu so redi ne dwuma no.

Sɔhwɛ

12 Nhyira nka onipa a onya gyidi wɔ amanehunu mu, efisɛ, ɔno na obenya akyɛde a Onyankopɔn ahyɛ ho bɔ ama wɔn a wɔdɔ no no. 13 Sɛ saa sɔhwɛ no to obi a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔka se, “Saa sɔhwɛ yi fi Onyankopɔn.” Efisɛ, ɔbonsam rentumi nsɔ Onyankopɔn nhwɛ, na ɔno ara Onyankopɔn ankasa nso nsɔ obi nhwɛ. 14 Na sɛ onipa twe ne ho na ɔno ara n’akɔnnɔ yi no a, na ayɛ sɔhwɛ ama no. 15 Na sɛ akɔnnɔ no nyinsɛn a, ɛwo bɔne, na bɔne no nyin a ɛwo owu. 16 Me nuanom adɔfo, mommma wɔnnnaadaa mo.

17 Akyɛde pa ne akyɛde a ɛyɛ pɛ nyinaa fi soro; efi Onyankopɔn a ɔbɔɔ soro hann no nkyɛn na ɛba. Ɔnsesa sɛ sunsumma. 18 Ofi ne pɛ mu nam nokware a ɛwɔ asɛm no mu no so woo yɛn sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yebedi kan wɔ abɔde nyinaa mu.

Otie ne ɔyɛ

19 Me nuanom adɔfo, monkae sɛ ɛsɛ sɛ mo mu biara tie no ntɛm na ɔnyɛ nyaa nkasa na ɔnyɛ nyaa mfa abufuw. 20 Onipa abufuw no mma onnya Onyankopɔn trenee no. 21 Ɛno nti, montwe mo ho mfi afide ne atirimɔden ho. Momfa mo ho mma Onyankopɔn na asɛm a odua wɔ mo koma mu a ebegye mo nkwa no munnye.

22 Munntie asɛm no sɛ atiefo kwa, na mmom monyɛ asɛm no yɛfo. 23 Obiara a otie asɛm no na ɔmfa nni dwuma no te sɛ obi a ɔhwɛ ahwehwɛ mu na ohu sɛnea ɔte. 24 Ɔhwɛ ne ho wɔ ahwehwɛ no mu yiye na sɛ ofi ahwehwɛ no anim ara pɛ a, ne werɛ fi nea ohui no nyinaa. 25 Nanso obiara a ɔhwɛ mmara pa a wɔahyɛ a ɛma onipa de ne ho, na odi so, na otie, na ne werɛ mfi, na ɔde di dwuma no, Onyankopɔn behyira saa onipa no wɔ biribiara a ɔyɛ mu.

26 Sɛ obi susuw sɛ ɔyɛ Onyamesomfo na wanto ne tɛkrɛma nnareka a, ne nyamesom no ho nni mfaso na ɔdaadaa ne ho nso. 27 Nea Agya Onyankopɔn fa no sɛ ɛyɛ nyamesom pa no ni: kɔhwɛ nyisaa ne akunafo wɔ wɔn ahohia mu, na yi wo ho fi nneɛma porɔwee ho.