“We All Stumble in Many Things”
James 3:2 (NKJ)
A. A fact that every Christian must face. (cf. 1 John 1:8,10)
B. A fact that provokes different reactions
1. Some use it as an excuse to
continue in sin.
2. Others use it as a reason to
strive against sin.
C. Facing this fact should make us better Christians three
I. It Should Make Us All More Reassured.
A. Knowing that we are not alone in this matter.
B. Knowing that we do not have to be absolutely perfect to be
saved - just forgiven.
1. “Perfect” is sometimes relative.
(Acts 24:22; Acts 18:26 -KJV).
2. “Perfect” is sometimes “complete”,
“mature” or “whole” (Mt. 5:48; 19:21; Phil. 3:12,15; James 2:22)
C. Knowing that stumbling people can be saved and used by the
1. The twelve. (“O ye of little
II. It Should Make Us All More Reserved.
A. Enough to know that we need help.
1. From the Lord. (Heb. 4:16).
a. To be
(1) Saved by His power, not ours. (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:1).
(2) Saved by His wisdom, not ours. (1 Cor. 1:29-31).
(3) Saved by His grace, not our goodness. (Eph. 2:8-10).
b. To stand
as Christians. (1 Cor. 15:1; cf. Rom. 14:4).
c. To succeed
as Christians. (1 Cor. 15:9, 10; cf 3:5-7)
2. From faithful brethren. (Eph.
4:16; 1 Cor. 12:21).
a. One reason
we meet together. (Heb. 10:25).
b. One reason
we worship and work together. (1 Cor. 14:16,17; Eph. 5:19)
B. Enough to effectively teach others.
1. All Christians ought to become
teachers in due time. (Heb. 5:12).
2. All teachers ought to be properly
necessary wisdom and knowledge. (v. 13).
b. With “the
meekness of wisdom” - Modesty, humility, reserve (v. 14-18, cf. Gal. 6:1).
c. With an
awareness of their own weakness (Matt. 7:1-5).
III. It Should Make Us All More Resolved.
A. To improve our lives.
1. Always going toward perfection
(Heb. 6:1; Phil. 3:12-15).
2. Always growing. (2 Pet. 3:18).
B. To strive against sin (cf. Heb. 12:4)
1. By always trying to avoid sin.
(Rom. 6:1; 1 Cor. 9:27; 1 John 2:1).
2. By always repenting and turning
from sins. (1 John 1:7-9).
3. By always trying to help others
overcome sin (Prov. 24:24-25; Lk. 17:3; Jas. 5:19, 20)
4. By always refusing to let “nobody
is perfect” be an excuse.
A. Let us profit from knowing that “we all stumble in many
1. By letting it keep us humble.
2. By letting it cause us to seek
3. By letting us seek to forgive.
4. By letting it keep us on guard
B. Let us have our sins washed away in the blood of Christ
(cf. Acts 22:16; 1 John 1:7-9).