Message of the Day: The Need For Constant Self-Examination!
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10, NKJV)
James suggests the need of unceasing self-examination. We have to live in the world, and worldly things are necessary for our daily subsistence, but it requires great watchfulness to keep our affections and our hearts focused on the things that are above. We need constantly to draw near to God, to cleanse our hands, to purify our hearts, and to humble ourselves. (4:1-10)
God, as the Being against whom we have sinned is the only one who can pardon, it is proper that we should humble ourselves before him with contrite confession.
James 4:9 states, “Lament and mourn and weep! let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.” In the Old testament mourning and self-humiliation are connected with repentance, especially when confronted by divine judgment. Mourners and penitents lay on the ground, and rolled themselves in the dust. When comforted and pardoned, they rose from the earth, shook themselves from the dust, and clothed themselves in their garments.
Here, James tells us that if we mourn and are humble, God will exalt us from the condition of a broken-hearted penitent to that of a forgiven child; will wipe away our tears, remove the sadness of our heart, fill us with joy, and clothe us with the garments of salvation. God will lift us up!
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