James and the Beattitudes

In James 3:13-18, James speaks about two beatitudes that Jesus taught on: meekness and peacemaking.  I can just imagine that while James sat down to write this letter he couldn’t help but recall the time when he thought everything Jesus, his own brother, taught was foolish (see John 7:1-9).

As he pens these practical, wise words, probably with tears streaming down his cheeks, he knows that what his brother, the Savior of the world, was teaching was the pure truth: the meek will inherit the earth, and peacemakers will be called sons of God (see Matt. 5:5, 9).