James 4:7…6a But He gives a greater grace…. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
Command #4 – 8a “draw near to God”, repent and seek forgiveness for your personal sins. We draw near to God when we sink the roots of our heart deep into the presence of Jesus in our life. What separates you from Jesus?
Blessing #3 – 8b “ He will draw near to you” The Spirit of Jesus comes to live in our life eternally when we are saved. But, when we draw near to Him we experience an increase in our intimate awareness of His presence.
Command #5 – 8c” Cleanse your hands, you sinners“ we as sinners have been disloyal to Jesus who died for her sins and need cleansing. How can we return His love with disloyalty? May it never be?
Command #6 – 8d” purify your hearts, you double-minded” We have been self-centered in our heart and we need to turn our desire to being Jesus-centered and our hearts purified in repentance.
Command #7 – 9a“ Be miserable and mourn and weep; over decisions, attitudes and actions that oppose and despise God.
Command #8 – 8d“let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom We laugh at sin today in the USA, but God does not laugh. Our so-called pleasures derived from our desires give us temporary joy, but God is not joyful because He hates our sin, small and large. The Bible says let your laughter be turned to grief and your joy to dejection for your sins.