Transforming Grace (James 4: 6-12)
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6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? 1
1 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Jas 4:6–12). (2016). Crossway Bibles.
Questions to help guide your discussion in your family or discipleship groups:
James wants us (Christians) to know that God’s grace is available and sufficient for our transformation.
A grace transformed life submits to God
A grace transformed life resist the Devil
A grace transformed life draws near to God!
A grace transformed life mourns Sin.
A grace transformed life has a humble disposition towards others.
Questions for reflection:
How do you understand the role of God’s grace in your ongoing transformation into the likeness of Jesus? (Phil 2:12-13)
“How we treat others reflects our view of who God is.” What does this truth say about you and your faith?
“He will lift you up” (v 10). How does this passage move you to appreciate the grace of God even more than you did yesterday?