James 5:9

“Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look - the Judge is standing at the door.”


When things go wrong, we tend to grumble against and blame others for our miseries. Blaming others is easier than owning our share of the responsibility, but it can be both destructive and sinful. Before you judge others for their shortcomings, remember that Christ the Judge will come to evaluate each of us. He will not let us get away with shifting the blame to others. (Life Application Study Bible)


Jesus, difficulties are unpleasant, but we understand from your word, they can be used to mature us. Help us keep our eyes on you and anticipate the joy ahead.