by Zach Terry

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Anger Works (4 of 16)
Series: James
Zach Terry
James 1:19-21

Introduction: We are in the process of potty training our two year old daughter Caitlyn. When she caught on to what we were doing she developed the ability to hold for a really long time. Now if you've ever been through that process you know they can't hold if forever and when it finally happens, it REALLY happens.

So, last night just before bedtime negotiations began. I said, "Caitlyn, would you like to go potty? No!

Ok, at that point it is my job as a dad to motivate her. Two things motivate children, pain and pleasure. Now I didn't want to spank her because she didn't want to potty. So I thought through my 8 years of experience in training children. And I remembered the one positive motivation that worked on Carly and Cole. It never fails. I broke out the NERDS! First I let her taste some and when she asked for more I said, "You can have more after you go potty" And friend, she produced!

Now in once sense every person is motivated by desire to avoid pain and gain pleasure. God knew that and throughout his Word there are positive and negative motivations.

Look at verse 19 19 This you know, my beloved brethren. James assumes that his audience is made up primarily of believers and throughout this first chapter he employees a variety of things that would motivate the genuine born again Christian.

• Notice verse 2 - 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, Why? Why on Earth would I do that? 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. You see, James is assuming that they value endurance.

• Verse 4 - 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete (we said that doesn't mean sinless perfection, but rather maturity in Christ), lacking in nothing. He is assuming that if these people have been born again, they desire Christian maturity. They want to grow and progress.

• James 1:12 (NAS ...

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