James 4:11-12 “Who Are You to Judge Your Neighbor?”

James 4:11-12 — American Revised Standard Edition

“Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil 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. There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbor?”

James 2:10-13

“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment.”

Reflection:

It is far to easy to judge others for their sins and their actions– far too easy to be critical of others.  Ultimately though we are judged by a God that claims to be all-loving and most merciful.  He that knows our hearts and souls most intimately, we judge us most fairly and justly and with mercy.  We may not be perfect and we may be sinners, but if we repent and strive to be better people and honest, sincere, whole people to glorify God, mercy and forgiveness should be ours through Jesus Christ.

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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