“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (3:17). James helps us understand that a life of inward devotion to Jesus will produce outward results. “Jealousy and selfish ambition,” (3:16), cursing (3:9), greed, and lack of compassion (5:4) are the opposite of a Jesus-centered life. James encourages us to ask for help, because God “gives grace to the humble" (4:6)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (4:7). When we willingly cooperate with God’s work in our lives, He gives us power to resist sin and embrace holiness.