"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me." Is there any truth in this old saying? Words can have much more of an effect than we imagine. What different does a God-centred life make to our mouth?
Why are there so many people who would claim to be a Christian, yet who don't seem to live like one? Can they still reassure themselves that they are accepted by God and will be with him when they die? And if so why should anyone bother with the inevitable difficulties that living as a Christian brings?
In lots of places the Bible tells believers to give financially to God, but how should we view this? Is it an unwelcome economic burden on us? Or is it a crafty way to make more money? Or is it about something altogether more profound, something much more important to true spirituality?
What does a man who smells nice, looks nice and has a nice gold ring got to do with a God centred life? What does a man who smells bad, looks bad and has bad clothes got to do with a God centred life? In James we see it is all to do with favouritism, and we learn what its place is in a God centred life.