Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Yakobo 1

1Kutoka kwa Yakobo, mtumishi wa Mungu na wa Bwana Yesu Kristo. Kwa makabila kumi na mawili yaliyotawanyika ulimwenguni. Salamu:

Imani Na Hekima

Ndugu wapendwa, mnapopatwa na majaribu mbalimbali, yahesab uni kuwa ni furaha tupu. Kwa maana mnafahamu ya kuwa kujaribiwa kwa imani yenu hujenga ustahimilivu. Na ustahimilivu ukimaliza kazi yake mtakuwa wakamilifu pasipo kupungukiwa na cho chote.

Lakini kama mtu ye yote kati yenu akipungukiwa na hekima, basi na amwombe Mungu, ambaye huwapa watu wote kwa ukarimu pasipo kulaumu, naye atapewa. Lakini aombe kwa imani pasipo shaka yo yote; maana mwenye mashaka ni kama wimbi la bahari ambalo husu kumwa na upepo, likitupwa huku na huku. Mtu kama huyo asidhani atapata kitu cho chote kutoka kwa Bwana; kwa maana yeye ni mtu mwenye nia mbili asiyekuwa na msimamo katika jambo lo lote.

Umaskini Na Utajiri

Ndugu asiye na cheo afurahi kwa sababu Bwana amemtukuza; 10 na tajiri afurahi anaposhushwa kwa maana atatoweka kama ua la mwituni. 11 Maana jua huchomoza na kwa mionzi yake mikali hukausha mimea, na maua yake huanguka na uzuri wake hupotea. Vivyo hivyo tajiri naye atafifia akiwa katika shughuli zake.

Kujaribiwa

12 Amebarikiwa mtu ambaye anavumilia majaribu, kwa sababu akisha stahimili atapewa taji ya uzima ambayo Mungu amewaahidi wale wampendao. 13 Mtu akijaribiwa asiseme, “Ninajaribiwa na Mungu,” kwa maana Mungu hajaribiwi na uovu na yeye hamjaribu mtu ye yote. 14 Lakini kila mtu hujaribiwa anapovutwa na kudanganywa na tamaa yake mwenyewe. 15 Kisha tamaa hiyo ikisha chukua mimba, huzaa dhambi; na dhambi ikisha komaa, huzaa mauti.

16 Ndugu zangu wapendwa, msidanganywe. 17 Kila kipawa chema na kila zawadi kamilifu hutoka mbinguni, ikishuka kutoka kwa Baba wa nuru za mbinguni ambaye habadiliki kama kivuli. 18 Kwa kupenda kwake mwenyewe alituzaa kwa neno la kweli, kusudi tuwe kama mavuno ya kwanza katika viumbe vyake.

Kusikia Na Kutenda

19 Ndugu wapendwa, fahamuni jambo hili: kila mtu awe mwepesi wa kusikia, bali si mwepesi wa kusema wala kukasirika. 20 Maana hasira ya mwanadamu haitendi haki ya Mungu. 21 Kwa hiyo epukeni uchafu wote na uovu ambao umeenea, mkapokee kwa unyenyekevu lile neno lililopandwa mioyoni mwenu ambalo linaweza kuokoa nafsi zenu.

22 Basi muwe watendaji wa neno na wala msiwe wasikilizaji tu, ambao wanajidanganya wenyewe. 23 Kwa maana kama mtu ni msi kilizaji tu wa neno na wala hatekelezi alilosikia, atafanana na mtu ajitazamaye uso wake katika kioo, 24 na baada ya kujiona alivyo, huenda zake na mara moja husahau anavyofanana. 25 Lakini mtu anayeangalia kwa makini katika sheria kamilifu, ile sheria iletayo uhuru, na akaendelea kufanya hivyo bila kusahau alichosi kia, bali akakitekeleza, atabarikiwa katika kile anachofanya.

26 Mtu akidhani kuwa ana dini na huku hautawali ulimi wake, anajidanganya mwenyewe na dini yake ni bure. 27 Dini iliyo safi, isiyo na uchafu mbele za Mungu Baba, ndio hii: kuwasaidia yatima na wajane katika dhiki zao, na kujilinda mwenyewe usichafuliwe na ulimwengu.

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.