Call To Reflect Humility
October 24, 2010
INTRODUCTION: In this passage James is emphasizing how a believer will reflect humility through his surrender. In James 4:7-10, the imperatives are all God-ward, now the attention turns man-ward. James begins with a prohibition and then gives an eye-opening rebuke to those who criticize others.
In the Psalms, David links slander to a lack of humility
Psalms 101:5, "Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure."
In James 4:7, we are told to "resist the devil." The word "devil" is sometimes translated slanderer. The chief work of the devil is to slander God’s people. While most of us will never set out knowingly to do the work of the devil, that’s exactly what we are doing when we speak evil of our brothers. (family members).
I. HUMILITY REFRAINS FROM SLANDER. 11
A. SLANDERING. 11a
"Do not speak evil of one another" - to slander is to make false charges or misrepresentations that damage a person’s reputation. The word refers to any form of speaking against a person.
Webster defines slander as "a false tale or report maliciously uttered, and tending to injure the reputation of another by lessening him in the esteem of his fellow citizens, by exposing him to impeachment and punishment, or by impairing his means of living." Slander strikes at people’s dignity, defames their character, and destroys their reputation; their most priceless worldly asset
Proverbs 22:1, "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold."
Ecclesiastes 7:1a, "A good name is better than precious ointment"
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