December 1, 2009 at 8:02 Leave a comment

James tells us that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Later in chapter 4 he says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  Then he goes on to tells how to live a humble life:

Brothers do not slander one another.  Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it.

When we gossip about some one in Church we showing our pride because we think we have the right standard for making our criticisms against people, but we are actually judging the law and the law giver.  When we do these kinds of things we are setting ourselves up higher than God.  Remember the law is the expresses God’s character.

Then James reminds us that their only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and the destroy.  But you– who are you to judge your neighbor?    When a brother fails to live a Christian life as he should but then repents the few people who knew about should stay with those people.  They should say nothing that puts a bad light on anyone.  

When I was younger my father was a great critic of people and things, I picked that up, and later I slandered my father for things he did to me and for things I thought he did to me.  Victims are the best critics because they judge their victimize for years and never learn how to forgive.  They demand their victimizers own up to their misdeeds and not  move on until they do-  this leaves us impotent believers because Christ forgave our great sin but we cannot forgive others for their misdeeds.

When our children get older we say the most hurtful things to them.  We judge their attitudes and their motives and criticize the actions leaving the with broken hearts and angry.   The sin of the tongue is what Lucifer used to deceive Eve and Adam by slandering God and putting himself in God’s place before them.

I am a talker; my mind is always on and lead me into great sin in the Church, in my home and work.  Early James says,  Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn and wail.  Change you laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble your selves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.   Instead of slandering people we need to mourn because of our great sin and pride.

The Lord commanded us to love God, the brethren, our enemies and strangers.  Here O Israel: The Lord our God is one.  Love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deut. 4:4-5)  Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness  (1 John 2:9).  You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those persecute you, that you may be sons of your Fathe in heaven (Matt. 5:42-43a)  and The Good Samaritan  Luke  10:25-37.


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