The verses that make up tonight’s lesson deal with people who think they are super Christians and believe their purpose in life, dare I say calling in life is to correct everyone, and when they don’t listen, talk down to them.
Here Comes the Judge
In verse 11 we are to stop speaking evil of other brothers. When you read the verse it seems clear that the evil speaking mentioned here is a result of thinking others are lesser Christians. It doesn’t really matter the cause, we are bound by the scripture to stop the practice of judging our brothers and sisters in Christ. There are many things in scripture specifically declaring right from wrong but sometimes we have to evaluate things based upon the principles taught in the bible. Example Time: the bible does not give us specific direction on what we can and cannot watch on TV but we know there is programming on TV that we should avoid. For instance, if a show is praising adultery then we know that isn’t okay with God so we should turn it off. This is an easy example but sometimes the choices are personal preferences. When we have a personal preference of how to serve God, and speak evil of others for not doing what we think should be done, we violate the scripture here. (Remember the Pharisees chiding with Jesus over washing hands before eating? Mat 15:2) As we see in verse 11 those who judge over personal preference are, in God’s word, speaking evil of the law and are setting themselves up as law givers. v.12
Same Subject New Angle
As we read verse 13 it seems like James is going to another subject, however, the warning is directed towards those who think they have it all figured out. (People who judge think the same way.) The verse tells us to take care not to count our days before God gives them to us, we don’t know what God has in store. The contents of verse 14 tell us that life is short. If you have a few years behind you, like me, you know this to be true. James finishes this up by giving us a thought, we should say if the Lord will. When you hear someone say “Lord willing” now you know where they got it from, James 4:15.
Whether we think we are a super Christian telling everyone how to live, or, think we have it all figured out verse 16 warns us not to be boastful. (We don’t have it all figured out!) In light of the fact that God controls all things we have no right to toot our own horn. Also, in verse 17, we are given a warning; if we know something is sin leave it alone. It is not enough to have the knowledge of sin; we must also exercise wisdom and leave that sin alone.
January 22, 2014 at 8:50 am
Truly an excellent post!! There is much wisdom in it. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
January 22, 2014 at 8:53 am
Wow, you are quick on the draw. I hardly got my mouse off the publish button. Thank you for the kind words.
January 22, 2014 at 8:55 am
I loved it. It is so true. I book marked it because it has some real things that spoke to my heart! Thank you again!!
Ann "afriend4ever54" Friend
January 22, 2014 at 9:34 am
January 22, 2014 at 9:59 am
May God grant us all a thankful heart for His gift of love, Jesus Christ.
Ann "afriend4ever54" Friend
January 22, 2014 at 10:15 am
January 22, 2014 at 9:39 am
I even catch myself boasting in my heart… not pretty. Bless you Servant.
January 22, 2014 at 10:02 am
One day the enemy will be vanquished and our thoughts will be devoid of such things. Until that day each of us must be on guard until the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
January 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm
Truly excellent post a reminder to all Christians on how we must operate backed up by scripture.
This teaching goes straight to favourites.
Thanks for a brilliant post.
January 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm
I appreciate the kind words. Now, I must live what I proclaim, otherwise I am a fool. Thank you my friend.
January 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm
Well deserved and kind words too.
If you take request perharps one day you can share on Christians and why it’s difficult at times to accept credit that is due to us.
It seems there is always 2 extremes one group that thinks it’s there doing and another that doesn’t acknowledge their being used.
January 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm
I want the work to be acknowledged, I just prefer that when a reader thinks about the post they are thinking of God.
I hear what you are saying and I’m sure I’d be rated on the one extreme. I think that’s better than the other extreme.
God bless you brother.
January 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Very good 🙂
January 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm
Thank you Tom. It seems as though a number of people have had experience with the so called super Christians. Heavenly Father, spare us from such a boastful attitude.
January 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm
A timely word. 🙂
January 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm
Thank you, for taking the time to comment.
Liberty in Christ by Nini Brady
January 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm
Wonderful post – God bless you…
January 25, 2014 at 7:31 pm
Thank you. I popped over to your site for a visit. I appreciated the post on faith so I am a follower. I’ll certainly be back and you are welcome here anytime.
January 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm
I am just beginning a study in James. This could not hav come at a more fortuitous time! Thanks for this….loved the blog and pint of view. Thanks also for e stop by on my blog as well.
January 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm
I remember your blog and I will be back. I absolutely loved the study in James so I’m sure you will enjoy it as well.