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James 4:6

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.


It may be a good idea to step back here and remember where James is at in his conversation, so to speak. He is not just rambling mindlessly about submission to God and God’s grace, he is presenting those things as a solution to a problem. James started this chapter with a discussion concerning conflict in the church, and the conversation is not over yet.

He has described conflict as arising from the emotions driven to the surface by unmet desires on the part of church members. There is conflict because these people are not getting what they want; they are not getting what they want because they are wanting incorrectly. They are asking for things simply for their own desires, with no consideration of what God’s desires in these matters is.

Wanting what WE want is to be friends with the world and things of it, which then severs our fellowship with God, in effect making us enemies of God. He has even compared replacing Him as the center of our affections to an adulterous spouse in a marriage.

But, as usual, James offers a solution to the problem. He offers several as matter of fact. But the first thing he teaches us is that humble submission is a necessary first step in solving the problems previously discussed. If we are proud and resist, God will not provide us what we need, but if we are humble and submit, He will provide us sufficient grace to work through these problems and conflicts.

How much grace? Well, the following Hymn tells us exactly how much. This is “He Giveth More Grace” by Annie Johnson Flint

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;

He sendeth more grace when the labors increase;

To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,

To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,

When our strength has failed ere the day is half done;

When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,

Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,

His power has not boundary known unto men;

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,

He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

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