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He Giveth More Grace (4 of 4)
Series: Amazing Grace
In James 4:6 there are two kinds of people that are described. He speaks of the haughty. The word "proud" means "appearing above others." A.T. Robertson said it is like our vernacular "stuck up." It is descriptive of someone who thinks they are better than others.
One woman said she and her husband divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't!
James not only speaks of the haughty, he also speaks of the humble. The humble are those who are opposite of the haughty in attitude and actions. Their blessings have gone to their heart rather than their head.
James not only describes both the haughty and the humble, but also how God feels about each one. He speaks of how God brings down the haughty. He states that God "resisteth the proud." The word "resisteth" is a military term meaning to battle against. God always wins His battles. God will bring down the haughty.
But on the other hand He lifts up the humble. We read in James 4:10, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." He battles the haughty but blesses the humble. He lowers the haughty but lifts the humble.
James also states that God gives grace to the humble (Vs.6). Peter declared the same truth. We read in 1 Peter 5:5, "Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." Both James and Peter were quoting from Proverbs 3:34, "Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly."
As we conclude our series entitled "Amazing Grace." I want us to think about the grace that God gives. James words remind me of Annie J. Flint's hymn, "He Giveth More Grace."
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied ...
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