Why is it that so many Christians do not see God's Word as relevant to their daily lives, even their business lives?
You often hear the phrase, "Back in Bible times".
What kind of statement is that?
These days we now live in are Biblest of all Bible times.
In fact, we have documented in previous studies that the majority of prophecy and instruction in God's Word was given for these "last days" "upon whom the ends of world are come" (1 Cor. 10:5).
James wrote his letter to the scattered tribes of Israel who would be "waiting unto the coming of the Lord" (vs. 5:7)!
In today's study James addresses self righteous Christians who think they somehow have an exclusive on truth and that gives them the right to judge others.
He also addresses the workers and executives and owners of businesses who profess to be Christian.
He makes the case real well that your life, your business, and everything you possess on this earth are completely dependent upon the will of your Father allowing it to be so.
In fact in the next chapter James is going to bring old Job into the picture.
If you remember, one day Job was the wealthiest man in the east and the next day it was ALL GONE, his wealth, his property, and his family.
He had only one thing left and that was his life.
Yes, the dynamics of your life can change in an instant.
Have you ever heard the saying, "I am the tiger and you are the tail and the tail doesn't wag the tiger, the tiger always wags the tail?"
While this may be true with the tail, it should also apply to the tongue.
Unfortunately it does not for the tongue cannot be tamed except it be bridled by the Word of God.
Since most professing Christians are Biblically illiterate, it follows that they are wagged by their unbridled tongues.
James now gives us another example of "sin of the unbridled tongue".
It is another form of self-pride, of exalting oneself by looking down upon a brother.
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.
We as Christians are to be one body made up of many members instead of many fractured members warring and backbiting against each other.
Far too many have set themselves up as judges when they say, "If you are not part of our church, you aren't going to make into the kingdom".
Does God give you or me or anyone else the authority to judge our brother's salvation?
He does not!
Must all others pray and worship and study and believe as you do, and if they do not you look down upon them and judge them as not being among the children of God?
Don't you know that when you do this you mock the perfect Law of Liberty and set yourself up as the lawgiver Himself?
You cannot be a doer of the perfect Law of Liberty when you judge your brother and set up your own White Throne.
God alone is the judge of the souls of His children, for only He is able to grant eternal life or cast souls into the lake of fire!
Who are we to say so and so is not a Christian because he or she did this or that or he or she is a ...(insert denomination or group name here).
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
This is significant because in verse 11 we are admonished about judging our "brothers" who would be those of the scattered tribes of Israel.
Verse 12 addresses our "neighbor" who is one who becomes an Israelite by adoption.
This gives a deeper spiritual meaning to "Love thy neighbor as thyself".
Perhaps you are one who is actually born through the natural seed line of Israel, i.e. from the ten tribes.
Millions and millions of Americans are.
But a neighbor, even one who is not of Israel, becomes as yourself, i.e. one of Israel through Jesus Christ, through the spiritual grafting in, i.e. by adoption.
Love your "neighbor" therefore as if they are as thyself, because in Christ they are!
What a beautiful truth it is!
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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