Slanderous Lawbreakers

August 21, 2018

James has been exhorting us to resist the devil, draw near to God, and humble ourselves…



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.  (James 4:11)



This is one of those places where two verses go together, so I plan to say more about judging in tomorrow’s devotional.  For today, I want to point out that in this verse, James is not talking about gently confronting blatant sin; he is referring to a type of judging that more resembles slander.  When we make unfair accusations of others, we are not only acting as their judges; we are also breaking the very law we claim to be espousing, for the law says that we are not to slander others.


I am glad that I don’t have to judge others; I have enough to think about keeping my own act in order.  There is a time and place to gently confront sin, but we are not to judge. Our job is to love others, and leave the judgment up to God.



Today’s Good News is that we don’t have to carry the burden of judging others.  All we need to do is love them.


Now, go share the Good News…




(Day #82)



If you are joining us part way through this Journey in James, you can access the devotionals you have missed in the archives. (The series started on June 1.)



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