Sometimes called “the Proverbs of the New Testament,” the book of James practically and faithfully reminds Christians how to live. From perseverance to true faith to controlling one’s tongue, submitting to God’s will, and having patience, this book aids readers in living authentically and wisely for Christ. Many have claimed that James and the apostle Paul differed on the question of faith versus works, but in reality the spiritual fruit that James talks about simply demonstrates the true faith of which Paul wrote. Their writings are complementary rather than contradictory. Possibly one of the earliest of the New Testament writings (a.d. 40–50), the book is believed to have been written by Jesus’ brother James (Gal. 1:19).
(quoted from Biblia.com ESV intro to James)
James touches on many home truths about the struggles of life for Christians. Pray each day that God will give you a heart to embrace the challenges and truths of this letter. We want to honour Jesus by our actions and attitudes, in response to his great love. The book of James will help us do that.