James- Day 44

Thursday, October 27, 2011

“Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.” James 4:9

6-8.- “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep…”  The context of this verse helps us to understand that James is telling us to be sorrowful over our sin.  If sin brings forth death (1:5), it is only logical that sin should bring sorrow.  “Be afflicted, and mourn” speaks of what is going on inside, and “weep” speaks to a visible external sign of sorrow.

  1.  “Let your laughter….to gloom”

God takes our sin very seriously.  It is no laughing matter.  There should be an understanding of the serious nature of sin.

What you and I need to understand today is what God’s perspective is on sin.  We tend to ignore, minimize, forget, or just feel guilty over our sin.  From God’s perspective sin is an attack on His character and person.  It goes against everything He is.  Think about it.  He takes sin so seriously that He sends His only, begotten Son to die because of it.  It speaks to His holiness and righteousness that such a serious solution had to be undertaken.

So when  James says to “be afflicted, mourn and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness” he is saying something about the seriousness, darkness and sadness of our sin.  He is trying to give us God’s perspective.  Our sin sent Jesus to the cross.  Although that is good news for us, certainly it should cause us to be sorrowful over our sin.


What is your attitude towards your sin?  Is it “no big deal”, or is it something you are taking seriously?

18 thoughts on “James- Day 44

  1. Mafalda Delienne

    Every time I sin i feel bad when I do it because when I sin I feel un happy. For Example: when I was 11 I stOle 5 dollars from my moms purse and when she got home I got all paranoid and everything and I’m not good at lying so as soon as she came out the door I like blurted it out and she’s like “oh Mafalda thnx for telling the truth but
    your in big trouble”. I take my sin very seriously I
    sin everyday and sometimes I don’t even know it I sinned when I woke up like this morning. If it doesn’t make god happy I won’t do it hehe 🙂 P,S. it’s easy to say but grad to do.

    1. Melanie

      Good point, it is easy to say, yet hard to do! Should make us strive to want to do it harder then huh? 🙂 Proud of you Mafalda!

  2. Tristian Lechien

    ok i had to read the passage and the commentary a couple of times in order for me to understand. i think i understand now. the verse in James 4:9 i believe it means tht….. when it said “weep” i like to think of tht word having something to do w/// sad or feeling regret, to wish something had never been done. thts so true what mafalda said!! like just for example:::: if ur brother had this toy tht u really wanted and u just toke it. then when he cam back i would have been so paranoid if they r like wheres my toy? and u will be like oh i didnt take it idk!! ull just freak out and have a spaz attack until u do what god wants u to do. and he wants us to be “Christ like” in order to be like tht u must follow him and do what he does.

    Prayer requests::: 1) im leaving today to missouri and i want be to safe, my family and i.
    2) tht i keep on my path of doing to devotionals every morning!!!!!!! its just tht important to me!!!!
    3) ezra- for his salvation
    4) i find the right church up in missouri and its the one tht god leads me to! 🙂

    i love u guys and hope the best! 🙂 ❤ have a b-e-a-utiful day!!! 🙂

  3. Megan

    This verse spoke to me in a very practical way. Through the Character Under Construction series, getting God’s word in my heart and today’s verse I have been convicted of a sin that I have been dealing with concerning my time. I am asking God to forgive me and Remove the sin from my life. I want to grow today and don’t want silly time issues from keeping me from growing.

  4. Melanie

    I’ve definetly had a change of heart over the past almost year. I always dealt with my sin by comparing myself to others. I’d say, “Oh, I’m not as bad as so and so, so I’ll just ask for forgivness and I’ll be good.” I was always aware that the sins I was doing was wrong, yet I never really changed what I was doing. I was being foolish towards my actions and definetly not taking them seriously. I’ve grown a lot in my relationship with God, over the past months and really let God take ahold of my heart. He’s shown me that sin, no matter what, isn’t something to take lightly. He comes first, He comes before everything, as He should. I know take my relationship with God seriously, as well as my sins, but because I’m not perfect, I do make mistakes and don’t always do everything exactly right. This summer was truly amazing, and it was so amazing because God worked so much in my life, and the coolest part was, that I let Him. I think since this summer I haven’t been prioritizing my time as well as I should. Like Megan, I as well let time slip away, or do other things first when God should come first. Over summer I had so much time to do things, and now with school I don’t have as much, but that should mean that I should be making more time for what’s most important! I really need to get that straight, because I don’t want how much I’ve grown to waste away, I want to grow more. I don’t want to be a practical atheist, I want to be a legit follower of Christ and not just “say” I’m one.
    Going through and really studying James, has really impacted me a lot. I’m so greatful to have all of this right at my finger tips!

  5. Alexis Catapane

    At first when I read this verse I was thinking “what?!” cause I thought James meant that we should be sad, but as I read on I realized that makes perfect sense! If we sin, we should be sad about that. It shouldn’t be a good thing, and we shouldn’t be happy about it at all! Sometimes (but not ever time) when I sin I feel guilty, and that’s good, because feeling guilty about it makes me want to get things right and ask for forgiveness. But that doesn’t always happen, sometimes I don’t even realize when I’m sinning, and that’s not good at all. For example: I fight with my brother a lot, but the only time I usually feel bad about it is when I get in trouble. But that’s not right. In the first place, I shouldn’t be fighting with him at all. But when I do, I should feel bad about it and apologize to him and God!
    If someone sins against you, usually you would feel hurt, mad, or disappointed. Sometimes we forget that that’s exactly how God feels when we sin against Him. He loves us, but he HATES our sin. I really need to be taking my sin more seriously and coming to God with it right away!
    It’s soo amazing that God loves us despite our sin! “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!” 🙂

  6. Blake via

    What I got out of this is that some people will think sin is no big deal well every body else does it why can’t I ? But we need to take it seriosly. When you think about it is like this. I just sinned against the creator the one who gives life and takes life the one who noes every thing about you it’s kind of scary to think about it like that but we sinned against the one who died on the cross for us so i’m trying to think about that before I do something bad.

  7. I used to not take my sin seriously at all.. I always felt guilt afterwards & felt bad, but i never really did anything to prevent me from sinning again. God’s been working thru me lately in these devos and church and ive definitley ha a change in heart. 🙂 sin is a huge deal to me now, and i always realize what i do the second i go against God. So i think its cool that the closer we become to God, the better Christian we can be 🙂

  8. ryan via

    A lot of the time we can compare ourselves to others and try to justify it. But we are accountable for ourselves. The character under construction was a great series and I got so much out of it. Sometimes for me is admitting it and getting right with God.

  9. sin is something 2 b taken seriously.think of all of the results and consequences of sin.and it dipleases God.if u think ur sin is “no big deal” think again.its a big deal.praying u and ur fam tristian!! hv a great trip!! 🙂 missu and loveu guys!! 🙂 <3333333333333333333 🙂

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