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08/07/2017

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Life Is Short... Too Short To Speak Evil


"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 judgement on it. 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?" (Jas.4:11-12).

Back in New Testament days, people became wealthy by one of two methods; they controlled business enterprises, or they owned land. Sound familiar? Land and money allowed their owners to control others, just the way command of armies did... Jesus had a great deal to say about wealth and its disadvantages. "Then Jesus said to His disciples; 'I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God' " (Matt.19:23-24). Those are daunting words, wouldn't you say? It is against this backdrop that James speaks about the brevity of life. I think that today's verses, although seemingly difficult to fit in with verses 13-17, does relate to them. When James wrote do not slander one another in verse 11, he was calling on God's people to be charitable in their judgements of brothers and sisters. Gossip and the assigning of evil motives are to be absent when it comes to the support Christians are supposed to give one another... To take this wealth thing a bit farther, a Christian has done wrong if he slanders or condemns his brother or sister for the sake of personal gain. The brevity of life should teach us that we are not in a very good position to stand in judgement over the good-faith choices made by brothers and sisters in Christ. In the end, a Christian's assessment of another believer ought to be based on a concerted and conscientious effort to obey God's Word. As far as I know about the New Testament, the term Lawgiver when referring to God is only used here. He is a loving God, but also a righteous judge that expects His people to live by the laws found in His Word. For the next few days we will study about how the brevity of life pertains to us....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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