James has been encouraging us to be patient – with our problems, and with the Lord. Today, he will encourage us to be patient with others…
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. (James 5:9)
In verse 7, James used the farmer as an illustration of patience. Farmers don’t have time to fight with their neighbours; there is too much work to do. They have to help each other.
Notice who James is addressing in this verse – his “brothers.” We have much work to do in this world for the Lord; we don’t have time to be grumbling against our brothers and sisters in Christ. What if Jesus returns today, and finds us judging each other? He will have to judge us for that, and we will lose part of our reward. It breaks my heart when I hear about (or experience) churches getting bogged down in silly battles over things that will not matter in eternity. It is harvest time for souls, and God wants all His farmers in the field.
Today’s Good News is that God’s harvest is ready, and we have the privilege of helping.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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