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James 1
James 1:1-27
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Published March 5th, 2017
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Arrogance- Symptoms include: Hurting others because of what you say. Not being able to see your sin clearly. Thinking you are religious. James chapter one speaks so much to the arrogant Christian. But let's focus on one particular passage--James 1:26 : "If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless." Though James does not write and use the word arrogant. When he says "if anyone thinks he is religious," he is directly hitting home the pharisaical attitude that puffs up, but is pure pride. Now don't immediately unplug from the conversation and say "I'm not pharisaical, I'm justified by faith". That's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about the slippery serpent of hypocrisy. The "do what I say, not what I do" crowd that realizes their inability to do what they say, but are willing to lay it on others. If you don't have control over your tongue and deceive your heart, you may be a great example of the "I'm better than person 'A' because I know why I believe [insert knowledge]" Anyone who thinks he is religious and does not control his tongue and does not see his sin. Though he or she might not say he is arrogant, he is. And his religion is worthless. This should be super convicting to us. But I would guess for many of us it isn't. Because we are blind to our heart problem. Arrogance blinds us to our need for Jesus and our sin. So today, let's ask God to show us our sin. Show us our arrogance. But let's not stop there. Ask your close friends how you come across or "how do you perceive me". God will open our eyes. But don't kid yourself. It will take time, and you might be hurt first. God will kill your sin with the Holy Spirit. He will make you care about the orphans and widows.
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