What I learned in LifeGroup week 2 and “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”
Tonight we had our second group study on James, and discussed James 1:8-27. I learned primarily to be like Jesus. Breaking it down, my takeaways were –
James 1:9-12 – persevere through trials
James 1:13-18 – giving in to temptation brings on sin which leads to death
James 1:19-27 – be like Jesus
We also talked about how wonderful and beautiful the name of Jesus is which started the old hymn, Wonderful Grace of Jesus, playing in my head.
Looking at the verses in James and the words of the song they almost go together. My biggest trials are temptations Satan seems to bring on because he doesn’t like where I am with Jesus, he wants me to give in so he gets attention and I fall down. Have to persevere through them, with God and others help, and keep Him first. In this hymn it reminds me of James 1:17-18 and the surrounding passages. Celebrating how wonderful the grace of Jesus is through our sins and our future hope.
Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it, where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free,
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me!
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All-sufficient grace for even me;
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame;
O magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise His name!
.. —Haldor Lillenas (1885-1959), words copied from Faithalone.org
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. (James 1:17-18)”
What have you been learning from reading the Bible recently?