Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
We had a guest speaker at church this morning who started out by asking the congregation to say the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word “Christian”. The handful of people that responded all said the same word: “hypocrite”.
If we are truly ambassadors for Christ, we ought to live what we preach. This is what James is saying. How could we claim to believe that God has saved us from death and not live like it?