I’m in the final week of my study in the book of James and past this portion, but I just can’t get these five words from chapter four out of my head. They’ve rolled around and around so much that I think I have to write about it.
But he gives more grace. James 4:6a
Chapter four of the book is titled by some Bible versions “Warnings Against Worldliness.” James didn’t hold back with his warnings. He was stern and direct, even calling his readers adulterous. James pointed out a choice: friendship with God or friendship with the world.
James saw those who claimed to be friends of God filled with bitter envy and selfish ambition. He heard the complaining and quarreling and witnessed the ruin it caused. He wrote, “don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?”
God jealously desires us to belong wholeheartedly to Him. We either follow God or the world. We either seek after His Kingdom or our own. Right after James gave this hard truth, he gave the tender reminder: but he gives more grace. Then he quoted Proverbs 3:34, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James went on to give a forceful call to repentance beginning with, “Submit yourselves to God.”
What comfort there is right in the middle of James’ hard but truthful words and his radical call to repentance.
But he gives more grace.
When I’ve sought after my kingdom rather than God’s. On the days I’ve thought too much about the things of the world or carelessly neglected time with Him. When I care too much what others think and too little about what He says and when I’ve chosen my ways over His. He gives more grace.
God is tirelessly on our side. We turn to Him and He gives more and more grace. He gives the grace to be who He says we are, and the grace to live in friendship with Him.
Thank you for more and more grace, Father.
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