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“So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.”

 

James concludes the issue of partiality in verses 12 and 13 with a plea to a forewarning of God’s judgment on those who practice prejudice towards others.

So speak and so do

The two “so” words in this phrase indicate how God wants us to apply principle to our lives.  The two “so” words indicate how we are to understand and apply the first 11 verses of this chapter. 

“Speak” has to do with how we use our mouth.  We can use it to commit sins of the tongue or we can use it to build up other Christians. 

When it comes to partiality, Christians should speak and act on the basis of Christian principles.  The Christian cannot live in prejudice and at the same time maintain a consistent Christian life.  Complete consistency with God’s principles is the way to live the Christian life.  Both words and actions count in God’s eyes. 

PRINCIPLE: 

God wants us to practice what we preach. 

APPLICATION: 

What we say and what we do must be consistent in God’s economy.  Every time we open our mouth, we should utter words consistent with our Christianity. 

A characteristic of a growing Christian is someone who knows how to control his mouth.  He can avoid sins of the tongue.    Some of us can murder by our mouth.  The tongue is easy to use and that makes it more impulsive.  It takes the discipline of love not to use our mouth sinfully. 

Not only do we need to control our mouth but also we need to control our actions by the law of liberty. 

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