“One Lawgiver” ( James 4: 11-12, KJV ) by Carley Evans

Discernment and correction of errors on the one hand; judging and condemning on the other hand — again we find balance in the Christian walk clearly written in the Word of God. Jesus tells us not to judge; so does James. James writes:

“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the law, thou are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are thou that judgest another?”

So, we are commanded to allow God to judge, for if we take that task upon ourselves we stand in judgment of God Himself — we judge His law and we question His ability and authority to judge.

Yet, James also writes:

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed.” (James 5:16)

So, we are called to tell each other our failings so that we each have the privilege of praying for the other. How can we confess our sins to those who condemn us? And, how can we genuinely pray for those we condemn? Will not our dismissive attitude interfere with “the effectual, fervent prayer?” (James 5:16)

Instead, James reminds us that we all are capable of “erring from the truth” and falling into sin. He calls us to restore “the sinner from the error of his way” so as to “save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20) We are not called to judge or condemn; for that role belongs to the One who is Lord.

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  1. Freedomborn says:

    As I said before I do agree with what you are saying Carley and God makes it loud and clear also when He tells us we must not judge others weaknesses and shortcomings , as for me I have too many of my own but we are to judge sin in those who profess to be Christians but not with our own agenda.. why do we rebuke them, because we Love enough to do so, not by our empowering but The Lord’s, it has nothing to do with condeming others as you said this is wrong, it is for good not bad.

    Luke 17: 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

    2 Timothy 4: 2-3 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    Titus 2:14-15 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

    1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

    Colossians 1:27-29 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

    There is just too much Scriptuer for it to be ignored… you may not like being rebuked but if needed count it as a blessing.

    Christian Love Anne

  2. lambskinny says:

    Anne, all things are blessings to those who are called of God according to His purposes. Thanks! God’s blessings to you and yours. Carley

  3. mtsweat says:

    Great post, Carley. I love the words I read the other day… when others come to us with their burdens, do we give them a sermon, or a sanctuary? We know the Great Healer. God bless.

    1. Lambskinny says:

      Hopefully we give sanctuary! Thanks MT !

  4. Lambskinny says:

    Thank you so much Drusilla and Patricia!

  5. Freedomborn says:

    Do we give them a sermon, or a sanctuary? if needed both or one or the other, I’m not ashamed to share the good news with someone who is hurting and give them Hope, I did so today and have done so before but of course it is their choice if they accept it but then sometimes words are not needed but a hug or a cuppa is.

    There was a time when I needed a sanctuary and all I got was a sermon and so I had to go back and work out my problems but I did so with Godly advice that made a world of difference. What we always need to do is to Trust God in everything, including when is the right time to share His Truth and how.

    It’s not about us and what we think is acceptable with our limited understanding, it is what God tells us is and He has complete understanding. How sad to go for help and just be given a cuppa when we needed a sermon and visa versa.

    Christian Love Anne.

  6. lambskinny says:

    bwinwnbwi — thanks much!

  7. lambskinny says:

    Anne refers to “cuppa” which I believe is slang for “a cup of tea.” Just FYI. (Anne, correct me if I am incorrect.) In Christ, Carley

  8. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Lady Deidre. God bless.

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