James- Day 12

Devotion for Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.James 1:21

My Commentary:

In today’s verse we see a second “wherefore”.  We see two commands in this verse, which are really two steps.  The first is “lay apart” and the second is to “receive”.

What are we called to lay apart?  The answer- “filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness”.  “Superfluity” here means “overflow”.  Like someone taking off dirty, old, smelly clothes, we must get out of our old, sinful behavior and ways of thinking.  Remember back in verse 15 James told us that sin, when it is full grown brings death.  That’s what we should put away from us.  But this is just the first part.

The next command is to “receive”.  What do we recieve?  The “engrafted” or implanted word.  When sin is full grown it brings death, but when God’s Word is planted in our hearts it brings life!  It “saves our souls”!  How should we receive God’s Word?  “With meekness”.  We ought to be humble and understanding of who we really are.


What old, tired, filthy, and sinful behavior and ways of thinking are in your life right now?  Put those away!  Talk to God about them. Romans 10:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  But don’t stop there, get into God’s Word and plant it way down into your heart.  “I will hide your Word in my heart, that I might night sin against thee.

16 thoughts on “James- Day 12

  1. Honestly, the filthy sin that I need to get rid of is judging people. At school I feel so different. I feel like an outcast. I like being different but I tend to think I’m better off then most of my peers. I watch them make mistakes everyday and things that potentially is slowly ruining their lives. Not everyone of course but a lot of people. I always thank God for letting me chose His path instead of ending up on my own and doing what I want. But months ago, I was living on my own path doing what I wanted and I was even in church. Coming everyweek, involved, helping out, but I was no where close to living my life for God. So how can I see myself judging people sometimes when I was just in that place a few months ago?! I shouldn’t be at all, but sometimes that’s my first instinct and I need to stop it because I hate it. I need to throw away this filthy dirty sin, and water the seed God planted in me with His word and put on the body of Christ and quit acting like that! I love people right? Well then I sure need to love them, not judge them!
    I’m going to ask God to help me with this and to seek wisdom in my thoughts!
    Have a great day everyone! Praying for all of you! 🙂

  2. Mafalda Delienne

    As Melanie said the filthy sin that I want to get rid of is judging people before I get to know them and stuff. At school it’s like a Judging contest and they judge you in everyone clothes, hair, the way you look and ect. I’m one of those people and ik it’s bad to Jugde people without even talking to them or anything. This passage says if we don’t not have filthy sin, are not superficial, naughty and don’t
    say bad words (I think that is what it is saying) that good will be able to save our soul and we will be holy hehe!! 🙂

  3. Tristian Lechien

    I totally agree guys!! I have gotten rid of tht sin at camp. I remember when Mr.Sean asked us if we had something in Our lives tht was displeasing to God to get rid of it. And thts exactly what I did! I’m so glad I did and now I’m staying on top of it. Now when I c someone new. I’m like hi or hello? How’s ur day? I dont think in my mind… Omg why is tht person wearing tht? I just don’t! 🙂 this was a great lesson today! 🙂

  4. i agree w/ mel and mafalda! Sometimes when im switching classes,i see other people and think why does their hair look like that or why would they wear that? i need 2 get that sin out of my life and stop judging people! 🙂 that was a great lesson!!! 🙂

  5. Sandi Volskay

    You guys are so right. Judging people is really hard to over come. I have to work on that all the time. I try to do what Pastor Bales often says- Recognize,Reject, Replace. First I have to recognize that I am thinking or doing something that is wrong in God’s eyes. Then stop and reject it. Then replace it with something that is better and more powerful than sin- God’s word.
    James says receive God’s word in meekness, We have to humble ourselves and admit that we are weak and need God’s help. He is in control and not us. Obeying God’s word will save our soul and help protect us from temptations that we face everyday.

  6. Blake via

    Sin is every where today its so easy to be tempted. It sees that we need to get rid of the sin in our lives we can be forgiven by God!:)

  7. Alexis Catapane

    I love how this verse is straight to the point! It says get rid of the filthy stuff in your life and receive Gods word with meekness! It’s so easy for me to judge people, like everyone else is saying. But it’s totally wrong, and definitely something I need to get rid of! Romans 10:9 goes along with what we’ve been talking about perfectly! It amazes me that no matter how many times I sin or make mistakes, all I have to do is ask for forgiveness and God will forgive me every single time!! Amazing!! 🙂

  8. The sin in my life i need to get rid of is of course judging others, and trying to “fit in.” its so easy to judge people.. Its our sinful behavior that makes us do this, and its crazy how much i do. Im going thru my day in my head, and i honestly judged people in every class. Thats terrible to admit 😦 but i know God says to love thy neighbor as thyself. Im not superior to anyone so why should i judge them? I do just as wrong as they do. Fitting in leads to sin too and i know i need to get these filthy sins out of my life!!! I think its awesome that even when i sin, God has forgiven me of it. I know i dont deserve it, and the least i can do is obey His commands and try to live for Christ as best as i can!! (thats what i want to do! :))

  9. Laura

    If we really want to get rid of the sin in our lives we can. we need to mean it though, and ask God to help us do this. He will be faithful. I think that was a great reminder Sandy, “Recognize, reject, and replace.” We r all guilty of judging others. I find that when we do feel a certain way about someone we usually find out we were wrong about them. People can be misunderstood. We generally form an opinion about someone in less than a minute. Great comments today guys.

  10. another thing that this reminds me of is trying to fit in! just today,i was in art w/ andrew (benevides) and him and a couple of other people starting talking and laughing at this 7th grader who was gay.i started laughing w/ them and then i realized thats not the right thing 2 do.(although its not really right 2 be gay)so i went into the girl’s bathroom and prayed 2 God and asked 4 forgivness and now i feel better about it! 🙂 anyway,when something like that comes up,u should think WWJD in that situation and do whats right and maybe speak up and say hey guys,thats not really nice.See u guys tomorrow!! 🙂

  11. I know there is sin in the worl and I agree with Alli sooooooo very much cause that kind of thing happend to one of mt friends today and when you laugh at someone cause you dont thing you fit in and are doing that to fit in is wrong. But evryone does that atleast once in there life.

  12. Ryan via

    It’s cool that God helps us with what we are going through but he also replaces that sin with something that is good for us. It’s also cool that we serve a forgiving God because I would be in a lot of trouble. He doesn’t just forgive us He loves us too.

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