Growth Through Hearing Truth (Part 2) – Gospel in Life

Growth Through Hearing Truth (Part 2)

Tim Keller |  November 26, 1995

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  • The Bible
James 1:19-27
RS 266-07

Understanding James 1:19–27

The book of James discusses why Christians may not see big changes in their lives even after accepting faith. It tells us that the Word of Truth, which starts our spiritual journey, is also in the Bible and deeply connects with us. James stresses that it’s important to interact fully and correctly with God’s Word, not just hear it, but follow it, as it has the power to free us and help us transform ourselves.

1. Receiving God’s Word

By looking at anger, friendships, and listening, we learn about the importance of being humble and open in understanding and applying God’s Word. There’s a difference between rightful anger that stands up for what’s good, and harmful anger that quickly turns negative, often driven by pride. Admitting our mistakes, accepting forgiveness, and growing a humble spirit that can take criticism are important in letting go of resentment, building healthy relationships, and encouraging personal growth.

2. Following God’s Word

Being a Christian is not just about hearing God’s word but also about living it. Our hearts, affected by sin, often forget what’s good and true, making it necessary to regularly study the Bible to remember God’s truth. Combining belief with action, supported by being humble, responsible, and obedient to God, leads to real freedom and blessings.


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