16 Jun Do Not Actively Tear One Another – 6/16/20
James 4:11 – “Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.”
In this verse, “speaking against” and “judging” refers to members of the church incriminating and condemning one another. Far from being united in their growth in Christ, they were actively tearing one another down. In arrogance and selfish ambition, they put themselves in the place of God while ignoring their own unrighteousness and forgetting God’s grace and mercy to themselves. James reminds them that there is only one Judge, and He is at the door (4:12, 5:9). Thus, he calls them to submit to God, mourn for their own sin, purify their hearts, and humble themselves before God (4:7-10).
Let us humble and examine ourselves before God and pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal any sin in our hearts, so that, instead of being divisive in our words and conduct, we may grow together into a mature man in Christ (Eph 4:11-13).