It was a judgment that purified. When the people would return from exile seventy years later, idolatry would never again be the problem it had been.
Jesus' command of love became a central part of the apostolic teaching, showing up in all the gospels, in Acts, in all the epistles, and, in certain ways, even Revelation.
“I've had a hard time with some of my fellow Christians,” he said softly. “It's hard not to build up a wall. But I've met some really great believers, too. They don’t all agree with me about stuff. But they love me.”
The third way James teaches that faith grows is by believing the word of God, in faith and expressing God’s word in actions