I just listened to "Sermon James 1:19-27" again. I needed to hear this one again today and this morning because last night my spirit was downcast about a conversation I had. Someone made a statement about something, and I forgave that person, but I felt as if I failed in something that I really had no control over in the first place. I logically know that I didn't control anything, and the person apologized, but I still hurt from the comment (the comment was about a much deeper thing someone else did to me). Listening and thinking about the sovereignty of God and being thankful helps maintain that healthy perspective for me to understand that God placed these things are in my life to help me grow. I also remember how much Jesus took the cost of my own sin to allow me to be forgiving and graceful even more so; perhaps, I didn't forgive the other person who cut me as much as I thought I did, and I have offended God in that too. I remember why I am thankful, and I am thankful that these are published on the internet too because I can go back and listen to them when I need encouragement in the future.
1 & 2 Peter