Who are you to judge?

I’ve been reading through the book of James in the Bible lately. When I go back to the Bible I always find myself reading it in a different way. The power of perspective on the written word is astounding. I just wanted to share some verses that struck me this time around.

Consider it pure joy … whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 1:2-3

When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 1:6

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. 1:19

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves. 1:26
No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 3:8

I found the following verse particularly prudent considering the current Occupy Wallstreet protest that is ongoing.
But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 2:6

Lastly, but perhaps also the most lasting in my mind –
But you – who are you to judge your neighbor? 4:12

James was kind of a cool cat. He didn’t beat around the bush with his book. It’s short and sweet and almost harshly to the point. But, I have to see, he had a lot of valid points. And thousands of years later they’re just as relevant as ever.

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