Passage: James 4:11–4:12
The letter of James is about practical Christianity. James addresses how our faith is lived out day by day. James wrote about real faith and real life.
The context of this morning’s verses is built upon 4:6. “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
James is pointing us to the practice of humble speaking.
1A. CORRECTION (4:11a)
1B. What we are to stop doing?
Speaking evil is sometimes translated slander, malicious speech, and back biting because the implication is that it is done when the person is not present and to speak behind their back. To speak evil or to slander refers to the unhelpful repeating of stories about the wrongs and offenses of others.
2B. What are we to be doing?
1C. We are not to listen to evil speaking and slander
2C. We are to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
2A. PROTECTION (4:11b)
1B. The action of judging (1 Samuel 17:28; Revelation 12:10; Hebrews 7:25; Matthew 6:13)
2B. The action of doing
There is a deeper meaning when I speak evil or slander a fellow Christian, it is a violation of the law of love and expression of my lovelessness. A practical expression of our Christian faith is loving God and loving one another by not speaking evil of and slandering one another.
3A. DIRECTION (4:12)
1B. The Judge, verse 12a.
2B. The Judgment, verse 12b
1C. God is able to save (Romans 10:9-10,13; Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32)
2C. God is able to destroy (2 Thessalonians 1:8-10; 2 Peter 3:9-13)
- Only sinful people go to Heaven when they confess, repent and believe.
- Let us sit on the seat of love rather than the seat of judgment.