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A sharp response. A pattern to indulge. A failure to give thanks. A lustful glance. An ill-judgment passed. A tendency to spend. A bent towards impatience. A cowering to speak.

Sin is pervasive (James 4:8). And deadly (James [1:15][5:20]). Sinning is believing a false promise from the world above a true promise from God. All our sins find their origin in the desires rooted inside our hearts (James [1:14]–15). In our lives today, some sins are blatantly discouraged, some are deceptively praised, and others are acceptably common.

We are far too hospitable with our sin. When was the last time we looked our sin in the mirror and came away broken? When was the last time we felt the gravity of our sin as betrayal against a holy God?

Rarely do we weep.

Our hearts are callously numb. Though justified by the blood of Christ, we are still infiltrated with sin (Romans [8:13]), and most of the time we appear okay with it. We need help. We need reminders.

A Reminder from James

The book of James was written to encourage believers back to faithful living instead of sinful wandering (James [1:21]4:8–10[5:19]–20). At the height of his letter, James cries out for the believers to see their sin rightly and act accordingly.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. (James 4:8–9)

Written by Jared Mulvihill
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