Speaking Against the Law  James 4:11


Yesterday, we LOOKED at what God says about speaking against one another

Today, we want to continue to understand how serious it is to speak against one another.

Open the App to the Book of James.

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Let’s Pray

Oh Lord,  as we come to Your Word today, help us see what You are saying. Grant us the understanding we need and willingness to live out Your command to us. Thank you!




LOOK at What God Says

What will you do first?

READ God’s Word

Read James 4:11-12 again.  

Let’s continue to focus on Cross References for verse 11.



LOOK at Other Truths about:

Speaking Against One Another (4:11)

1. How are we to regard others?

a. In humility, we are to consider others more important than ourselves. (Phil 2:3)


b. If a person has  true genuine faith, made new, then they love their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. (1Jo 2:8-10; 4:20-21)

Hear God Speak


How do I view my fellow Christians?

Is the habit of my life to consider others better, more important than myself? 

Do I love my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?

Or, is the habit of my life hatred and slander toward others in the family of God?

If that be the case, why? Is it pride? Does it make me feel better about myself?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


Why is speaking against a brother wrong? Why is speaking against the Law, judging the law? (Jam 4:11)


Let’s LOOK at Other Truths for Understanding

1. If someone speaks against their brother, what law would they be speaking against?

Do you remember what we learned about fulfilling the the Royal Law. (Jam 2:8)

THINK: There must have been a serious problem to come back around once again about the law.


2. What is the Royal Law?

We LEARNED back in Chapter 2, the Royal Law is to LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, AND MIND. (Deu 6:4-5); (Mat 22:36)

And, we are not to take vengeance. YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. (Lev 19:18); (Mat 22:37)

THINK and REASON: Obviously you cannot love your neighbor as yourself and speak evil, slander, and maliciously gossip about him or her.


3. What does your love for the Lord motivate you to do?

The love we have for the LORD, motivates us to obey the 10 commandments. (Exo 20:1-17)


4. How are  the 10 commandments summed up?

The 1st half is summed up in ‘loving God’.

The 2nd half is summed up in ‘loving your neighbor as yourself’.

Love is the fulfillment of the law. (Rom 13:8-10)

We see: Love is the summation of the Law.


5. How do we fulfill the law?

We serve one another in love.

The whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.

Walk by the Spirit, and not carry out the desire of your flesh.  (Gal 5:13-16)


We see: We are to obey the Law; Fulfill the Royal Law! We are to love others as we love ourselves!

Understand: If we disobey the command of love, then we break the Law, and set ourselves up as a judge of the law.

Hear God Speak


How do I view God’s law?

Do I think I am above the Law? 

Do I think lightly about speaking against fellow believers?

Why do I break the Law by speaking against a brother or sister? Is it pride?

Respond to God…LIVE it out



That’s It For Today!

Ponder and chew on the implanted Word that God just spoke to you. What stirred your heart today? Is there anything you need to do? Remember our soap and scrub brush is (1Jo 1:9).




Journal Your Discovery

Put your discovery in your Notes. Record the personal things God has touched you with.





Turn What We LEARNED into a Prayer 

OH FATHER, THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS.  Thank you for your Word that is a sure Word, that will stand forever! Oh may we all take to heart what You are saying to us. May we see how serious it is to speak against a fellow child of Yours, another person that You love. Father, help us to value and respect Your Law, that reveals Your heart and mind, which is summed up in love. Father, please help us to obey Your Law, Your command to love others as we love ourselves. May we in humility see others as better, more important, than ourselves. Help us to be sensitive to You, Holy Spirit, and serve one another in love. We want to walk by You, Holy Spirit, and not carry out any deeds of our flesh. Help us Father to live out what You are showing us. In the Holy name of Jesus, we ask these things. Amen!


You are doing great! Keep pressing forward letting the Spirit help you know your Father God, and the Son, your Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus!

Next: We will finish this paragraph up by LOOKING at verse 12.

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About the Author:

Janette has started Bible studies everywhere God has moved her—most filling up to over a 100 men, women, young adults and kids. She continues to make disciples and raise up leaders, training and teaching the Word of God.

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