Be Slow to Anger – Part 3
Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James
Have you ever asked yourself, when do major life changes happen, if ever? In those around me? In me? Are my changes or accommodations just gestures for the moment, through the tincture of time, only to revert to old habits and patterns? The good news is we really, really can and should change some areas in our life, and the Bible gives us the blueprint and resources for those changes!
James 4:7-10 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the LORD, and he will lift you up.
Following from our previous section and context, where we are pushed off of fence sitting, trying to straddle our spiritual allegiances, only to be polked by those fence posts, James now draws us out as to the practical implications of being a friend of God or a friend of the world.
I am told that the best way to identify a counterfeit bill is to compare it, side by side, with the real thing. Likewise, in our lives, the best way to measure our commitment and devotion is to compare our lives to the standards of those seeking to be friends with God. We all know the true standard – no hidden agendas in the Kingdom of God.
Now to just put our minds and hearts to doing it. A little. A lot. Something every day. Genuine changes. God’s best to you as WE work on these areas.
– John Moore