Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

I have long enjoyed the book of James, which some call “the Proverbs of the New Testament” because of the instructional teaching to believers. It’s interesting that James, who was the earthly brother of the Savior Jesus Christ, would be moved by the Holy Spirit to write on the subject of patience in chapters one and five. James could certainly relate to the principle of patience as the Savior extended great patience to James.

You see, the Scripture reveals that Jesus’ earthly family, “His brethren,” did not accept Him as the Christ during His earthly ministry.

“For neither did His brethren believe in Him.” John 7:5.

Apparently, James did not come to trust Jesus Christ as his Savior until after Jesus’ bodily resurrection and specific appearance to him. As 1 Corinthians tells us, James understood that he was afforded another opportunity, of which he was undeserving, to trust Jesus as His Savior, which he did.

God always patiently gives each person an opportunity to receive Him by faith, but as in the days of Noah, the opportunity of grace eventually comes to an end.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​