e mërkurë, 25 korrik 2007

James 4:1-12 (cont.)

Passage: Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?" But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

Journal: It is not that we are never to cast a discerning eye or to speak truth in the face of apostasy (Matthew 8:15-17; Titus 1:13 ["This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith . . ."]; Titus 2:15; and Titus 3:10). Rather, it is that we are not to judge in hypocrisy or in pride ("Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.") It is the accusation not intended to make one "sound in the faith" but, rather, that is intended to cause dissension and derision that James decries ("He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law.") It is the slanderer that does not judge with the law but rather, by not submitting to the law, become a law unto themselves. Thus, the slanderer places themselves above the law, and become a god unto themselves (Proverbs 10:18 -- "He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool."). It is unto God that repentance is required, and it is by God that justice is parceled. A judgment given in pride, and not given in humility, is a judgment outside of God's law (2 Timothy 3:1-5 -- "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.").