The Test of Faith - Grace to the Humble, Part 1
Passage: James 4:4–4:6
There is more grace in Christ than sin in us. James will also remind us of this truth.
And such grace is available to the humble one, to anyone who would humble themselves in the sight of the Lord.
1A. A SELF ORIENTED LIFE (4:1-3)
The reason for relational conflict is simpler than we think. When I don’t get what I want, I fight and go to war with the person in the way of me getting what I want. Resolving relational conflict is easier than we think because every conflict is a call for us to pray. Instead of warring and fighting, praying is the answer.
2A. A WORLD ORIENTED LIFE (4:4-5)
1B. The description of a worldly oriented life, verse 4a.
1C. Be convicted of our sin
2C. Be convinced of God’s grace
2B. The demonstration of a worldly oriented life, verses 4b-5.
1C. Friendship with the world (v.4b)
2C. Fallenness of the world (v.5)
2A. A CHRIST ORIENTED LIFE (4:6)
1B. God gives grace, verse 6a.
2B. God gives grace to the humble, verse 6b.
Where do I receive the power and ability to do God’s will? The answer is: By humbling myself before the Lord. By being submissive and dependent upon Christ.
When I am humble, I will have the power and ability to love and to forgive. Among men, the sin of adultery is hard to forgive. It is difficult for a marriage to survive such betrayal of marital vows and breach of trust. Yet in Christ, when a believer commits such a sin again God, when he repents, he finds that there is more grace in Christ than sin in us.