“Judged By The Law Of Freedom” (James 1: 19, HCSB) by Carley Evans


James writes that “every generous act” comes “down from the Father of lights.” (James 1: 17) God “by His own choice” gives generously — He “gives us a new birth.” (James 1: 18)

In this new birth, James tells us to “understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear [listen], slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.” (James 1: 19 – 20)

Since “every perfect gift” comes from God, we must “keep the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (James 1: 17; 2: 8) For we are each recipients of God’s graciousness and mercy. Not one of us deserves God’s forgiveness. Why should we be angry? Why should we allow the sun to go down on our anger? How can we not forgive one another? How can we not love one another? How can we not realize that “mercy triumphs over judgment?” (James 2: 13)

“Speak and act as those who are judged by the law of freedom For judgment is without mercy to the one who does not show mercy.” (James 2: 12 – 13)