Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.Once you are saved, and truly a child of God, the guilt of sin is washed away, but the lifestyle of sin remains. There are things that remain, that linger. James is telling us to get rid of it. He tells us to cast it off, as if by the hand. Throw it away! The word prevalent is a word that the Greeks used to refer to excessive ear wax. I am sure to a Greek this would have been picturesque speech.
At the same time as we throw off the remains of sin, we are to humbly accept the word. Accept literally means to grab hold of. So we are to throw off the old and grab hold of the new. It is important to note that what we grab hold of is the very Word of God. It is the Word that has been implanted. It is the word that can save you.
Do you believe that? Do you believe that the Word of God can save you? If you did, how would you treat those words? Wouldn't you pour over them daily... Then try them out! All of the time?!