April 19, 2018
Some pretty powerful things mentioned here in James 4. But verse 17 really stands out, "Therefore to him, that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." I can define good as virtuous, right, proper, or morally excellent. I am reminded of Luke 16, the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus begged at the rich man's gate for crumbs and the rich man gave him none. This is the sin of omission. I need to ask myself is it virtuous, right, proper, or morally excellent to pretend not to see a beggar or pass by the other side without helping? Am I choosing not to do good?
"The only necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" – Edmund Burke
We are to stuggle against covetousness
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
against belittleing others and passing rush judgments on our neighbors
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
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Verse 10 seems to sum it up. “Humble yourself.....let God exalt you”. There is tendency in everyone of us that seems to rise up within and say “you have got to toot your own horn because you will not be appreciated if you don’t”. It simply means to walk softly before the Lord and He will do the rest. What is really neat about that is it assumes God Himself thinks a lot of you. It is His way to lift you up.
Thank you Bro Thomas. Your words are inspiring and encourage me to not walk around with blinders on and do nothing when something is needed.
Good points Bro. Thomas! Looking forward to a heavenly home instead of an earthly home! Praying for strength, wisdom, and help to get there!!