One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 4
HEBREWS, JAMES, 1PETER Page
** Which word in this verse indicates the amount of thoughtfulness
behind our obedience to the command?
"Consider" This eliminates the "crank it out in the
flesh" approach to Christian behavior. We need to genuinely consider
the needs, hurts and joys of our fellow believers so that we can stimulate
them to live out the love and good deeds that God planned for them from
before the foundation of the world. cf. Ephesians 2:10
Please join me now in the epistle from James, chapter
V.11 ** Up until now we have seen positive commands
that would change our behavior into Christ honoring patterns. How is this
next command different?
3) "Do not speak against one another" - James now shifts
gears for us, by teaching us what to not do he is able to accomplish
the same effect.
** What is the problem with speaking against a brother?
The word speak against is "katalaleo" and means to slander.
James is telling us to not slander our brothers behind their backs,
because we are making ourself judge of them as well as of the Law. That
makes us equal with The Law Giver, Jesus Christ, who alone is the Judge.
Next in chapter 5:9 -
V. 9 ** What is the next thing to avoid in living
with one another?
4) Complaining...against one another! This really strikes at the heart
of the problem. Through our sinful complaining we can end up slandering
those for which Christ died!
** What reason does James give to avoid this behavior?
The Judge (Christ) is standing right at the door. The grumbling sinner
is just a heartbeat away from standing before the Judge.
V.16 ** This next two commands call for abject humility and pure
transparency. If we do sin against each other, what two things are we
supposed to do?
5) "Confess your sins to one another"
6) "Pray for one another"
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