God’s ‘Word’ is ‘planted in us’ so that we may become ‘doers of the Word, and not hearers only’ (1:21-22). The Gospel turns the world’s values upside down – the ‘poor in the world’ are ‘rich in faith’ (2:5). We are not to be controlled by the world’s way of thinking. We are to live according to the Gospel. Use your words with wisdom – ‘the wisdom that comes from heaven’ (3:17-18). Don’t fight to get your own way. Ask God to show you His way (4:2). Be careful how you speak: ‘Do not slander one another…Who are you to judge your neighbour?’ (4:11-12). May God deliver us from hypocrisy – ‘out of the same mouth come praise and cursing’ (3:10). May He give us ‘more grace’ – to be ‘humble’ and not ‘proud’, submitting to God and resisting the devil (4:6-7). May He help us to speak His Word – the warning as well as the promise, always praying that sinners will be saved (5:16,19-20).

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