Some people in the past haven’t liked the book of James, but if you look into it you will find that what James taught very closely mirrors what Jesus taught.
Jesus encouraged us to ask, seek and knock (Matt 7:7). James talked about seeking wisdom (James 1:5).
Jesus told us about good gifts from God (Matt 7:11). James said that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17).
Jesus talked about hearing and doing (Matt 7:24), James talked about faith and works (James 1:22).
Jesus told us there would be comfort for those that mourn (Matt 5:3). James said that God chooses the poor (James 2:5).
Jesus told us to ‘do unto others’ (Matt 7:12). James said to love your neighbour (James 2:8).
Jesus said, ‘blessed are the merciful’ (Matt 5:7). James said that mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13).
Jesus said, ‘by their fruit you will know them’ (Matt 7:16). James said, ‘a fig tree cannot bear olives’ (James 3:12).
Jesus said, ‘blessed are the peacemakers’ (Matt 5:9). James talked about, ‘peacemakers who sow in peace (James 3:18).
Jesus said ‘do not judge’ (Matt 7:1). James said, ‘don’t speak against your brother’ (James 4:11).
Jesus said we should seek for treasures in heaven (Matt 6:19). James talked of treasures on earth that rot (James 5:2).
The book of James confuses some people because he says ‘ faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’. Yet John the Baptist said ‘The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.’ (Matt 3:10). Both men are saying that true faith shows in the way you live. A detailed explanation is here.
We have a lot to learn from James.