Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"But above All?"

As I was reading James the other day, something struck me. Here's the passage: James 5:12
"But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. "
Never before had I noticed the "But above all..." at the beginning of the verse. This is at the end of a great passage about patience in suffering. There were all sorts of important things he could have called attention to. But, being divinely inspired, he chose verse 12 to say, "But above all...". The whole book is full of wonderful promises and challenges! Why this verse? Perhaps in the same way we are called not to be lukewarm. Any thoughts?

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