Week 3, Saturday, James 4:11-12


by, Pastor Sunil Balasundaram

Go to James 4:11-12

(Please read the passage before, or after, reading the devotion.)

Reminder: There will be NO daily devotion tomorrow, Sunday. Hopefully most of you will join us through our Live Stream Worship and listen to God yourselves. Come with open hearts!


Remember what James’ prime concern in his letter is: that the follower of Christ be “mature and complete, lacking nothing” (1:4) by putting faith into action (2:14-26). Small things “derail” this goal. When we say things against our “neighbor” to bring them down rather than build them up, we are really acting superior to them, allowing pride to take control. It doesn’t matter even if what is said is true. If our intent is to bring the other down, we are putting ourselves in a position of being judges over them thereby negating God’s grace for us, breaking Jesus’ “royal law” (2:8), and not humbling ourselves. The question then is: what do we say that builds others up, therefore building ourselves in the process (2 Corinthians 13:10-11)?

Forgive me Lord, it is so easy to criticize someone else’s failings, forgetting that is my past and present as well. It is so easy to slip from humbling myself to feeling superior to others with failings I don’t have. Remind me Jesus that each time I become a “judge” to others I not only break your “royal law” to love my neighbors as myself, I also end up loving you less. I want to be just like you. So teach me, help me how to only be a “builder of others.” Amen.

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