Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Is James telling us here to be sad, sober, gloomy faced Christians? Just a cursory reading of that might lead us to believe that way. But, that is not what James is saying at all.
As always, we have to look at anything we read in God’s Word in light of the context in which it appears. James is still talking about God’s grace for our daily lives and how we can best get our hands on it so to speak. He has just finished teaching about making ourselves pure in heart and mind to properly approach God. Now he is simply talking about our attitude toward sin.
Sin in our lives should make us sad. We should be distressed and upset about the sin in our lives, as an…
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