Cut It Out

Do not slander one another.
                —James 4:11

Do you ever bad-mouth a sister or brother? If so, I have it on good authority that you need to cut it out.

“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it” (Jas 4:11).

The “royal law” is the law of love (Jas 2:8). Wandering off the path of love into the toxic underbrush of faultfinding installs us as a judge of the law rather than a doer of it. In assuming the position as a judge of the law, we usurp the authority of God—for verse 12 says there is only one Lawgiver and Judge. Only one.

Judging others is only a symptom of the disease.
The disease is arrogance.

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