Humility or boasting? (James 4:6-5:6)Chris Willis, 18th November 2018
Part of the Study of James series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
4:9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
4:11 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.
4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?
4:13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."
4:14 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.
4:15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
4:16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
5:1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.
5:2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.
5:3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.
5:4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
5:5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
5:6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
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