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James 4:6: But He Gives More Grace

James 4:6
[6] But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (ESV)

James begins this verse with some of the most beautiful and encouraging words in all of Scripture. "But he gives more grace." How much grace do we need? MORE! In the previous verse we looked at just how wicked our spirit is within us. Our natural inclination is not toward righteousness, but sadly, we are prone to rebellion, lust, and wickedness.

What is the solution? He gives more grace! The Apostle Paul said in Romans 5:20, "but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more." There is hope for us after all. There is something that is stronger than this inner spirit that wants to do wickedness. It is the grace of God. It is a gift that we can receive.

James continues in this verse and lets us know how we can receive this wonderful grace of God. We receive this gift by coming to the Lord humbly. As the Scripture says, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. The way up is down. The way to life is death, death to our pride. Many people never receive the grace of God because they are too proud to receive a gift.

Perhaps you have already received God's grace and yet you are still struggling. It could be an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or pornography. Maybe you are drawn to a relationship that you know is wrong. Possibly you have used your mouth to tear others down and you cannot seem to reign in your tongue. I have encouragement for you today. He gives more grace! His supply is endless.

Ask God to pour out his grace  upon you today. Humble yourself under his great might. He gives grace to the humble. Amazing grace. Unending grace. Ask him today. He will answer.


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