But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

James 4:6 (HCSB)

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse

James desires to get some important truths across to his fellow-Christians. He seeks to warn us against favouritism; to remind us of the dangers of an unruly tongue; to encourage us to seek wisdom from the Lord; to avoid the devastating danger of pride, which manifest itself in covetous cravings and evil desires and to remember that Scripture teaches that the indwelling Spirit of God yearns over each of us with a godly jealousy – that desires that we walk in spirit and truth and live humbly before our God.

From the beginning of Genesis to the final Revelation of Jesus Christ we discover that God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble – He resists the arrogant, but gives grace to those that are lowly of heart. Since all the evils of the world are conceived and birthed through the corruption of our own hearts and the lusts of our own flesh, James reminds us that God gives us grace and even greater grace – but also urges us not to abuse His mercies by imitating the ways of the world, which is at enmity with God – but rather to walk in spirit and truth. We are to exhibit genuine mercy and deep humility of heart, knowing that the Lord bestows His grace generously – to those that are humble of heart.

Knowing that grace is given to the humble we should earnestly seek after the precious fruit of the Spirit, which will only develop and grow in the one that recognises that every manifestation of sin results from a proud and arrogant heart – But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to those that are poor in spirit and humble of heart.

My Prayer

Loving Father, thank You for the great grace that You show to me every day of my life. I pray that I heed Your serious warnings against prideful boastings and do not yield to any ungodly ways – rather come to You on bended knee with a broken and contrite heart, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN

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