Healing is not a divine right of the children of God. It is an action of grace when the sovereign God deems it for His glory and our long term good.
There is a basic principle, prayer and praise are for all of life. It is for all of life because it is needed in all of life.
James has been fostering attitudes in us. First be patient. Second establish your heart. Third remain steadfast. Persevere by following the example of the heroes of the past.
If the rich care only for themselves God will demand it of them in the last day.
What James is showing us in the end of chapter 4 is what pride looks like.
James makes it clear that many quarrels come about because Christian people are not learning wisdom from God. Instead they have never let go of the wisdom of this world.
If you rely on the kind of wisdom whose origins come from our world and culture, then devastation will follow.
As we read through this text it becomes clear that there are two competing wisdoms and we must choose one. It is the choice between earthly wisdom and wisdom that comes from above.
James offers us insight into the power of the tongue. He begins by pointing out that human beings have been able to tame every kind of animal but cannot tame the tongue.
James chapter 3 is all about the words we use and the impact of these words on our own souls.