3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
sassy1506 wrote:9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
How come we're told to become miserable here, when in other verses, we're told to always be joyful? I'm confused.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
Ric wrote:Here's why:
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
Anyone who is mourning has pretty much left pride out back. God sees our heartfelt hurts and passions, and He responds to us when we're for real with Him about ourselves.
I'm going to try to ask for things this week that are not for me; Things that are for the Lord or for someone else instead of myself.3And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
This verse says that God gives us even more grace TO STAND AGAINST SUCH EVIL DESIRES. The English Standard Version just simply says "But He gives more grace." If the NLT is translated correctly, than this verse reminds me of Hebrews 4:16 which says "16So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find GRACE TO HELP US WHEN WE NEED IT MOST." I first picked up on this idea of grace being something that God gives us to overcome sin from the book EXTRAORDINARY by John Bevere. This verse in James seems to say that.... that God would give us GRACE to stand against evil desires. I love it. I think that's so awesome.6But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God opposes the proud but favors the humble."
One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture. This is a promise from God.... when you come close to Him (or draw near to Hiim) He will come close to you. Promise.7So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
Sam, you had asked a question about this. I think James is saying we should take our "sin" seriously. There should be tears for what we have done. When we sin, there should be an appropriate response to our sin. James says that our appropriate response should be tears, mourning, and grief because of what we have done. And if we see sin for what it truly is, and what it does to our relationship with our Heavenly Father (and how it hurts Him), if we love Him, we will respond with sorrow. Godly sorrow leads to repentance. 2 Cor 7:10 "For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There's no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death."9Let there be tears for what you have done.
I love how when I stop trying to lift myself up..... God lifts me up.10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
I remember the first time I ever read this verse. it opened eyes to the fact that sin is a matter of the heart. If I don't follow my own convictions, I am sinning.17Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
Kevin Young wrote:I'm going to try to ask for things this week that are not for me; Things that are for the Lord or for someone else instead of myself.3And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
Verse 6 reads so much different in the New Living Translation than in other translations. I wonder what they knew, that made them translate the verse this way. Mary! Calling Mary!!! Wandering Star, where are you?
James 4:6, SBL Greek New Testament wrote:μείζονα δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν· διὸ λέγει· Ὁ θεὸς ὑπερηφάνοις ἀντιτάσσεται ταπεινοῖς δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν.
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