July 20, 2012

James 4:17 (NLT)
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Observation:  As James deals with issues like quarreling and envy, he closes this section with this statement. We know what to do. I know what to do most often in life and relationships. The problem is that I am lazy. Not doing is (initially) easier than doing.
Application:  It is much like what Leadership and Self-Deception says about betraying ourselves by not honoring the impulse to do something. Getting the baby, or taking out the trash. Then justifying my actions or lack thereof. When I know what to do, I need to act, for my sake as well as for the other person’s sake.
Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I almost always know what to do. Help me to be industrious enough to do it. I know what to do. Help me to be courageous enough to do it. When I don’t know what to do, help me to be wise enough to do it. When I don’t know how to do, make me smart enough to do it. In your strong and loving name, I pray.

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