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It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. God will give us that in sorrow which the world cannot find in pleasure; serenity, and contentment of mind. Prayer is speaking to God. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? (2)In purging of their hearts before God.(R. These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded. (5) Men are said, moreover, to draw near to God when they seek to His holy ark, when they run to His Word to ask counsel. Quit dabbling in sin. There are certain dispositions which must be the accompaniments of prayer.3. (3)We must embrace the plan of reconciliation by Jesus Christ.2. Meal was offered of old, and not whole corn.(J. Thomson, D. D.Humility stands opposed to pride. The true exaltation must be in the truth. To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. Reynolds. There may be an endless variety in the mode and in the measure of sinning with which different individuals are chargeable. Townson, D. D.)The approach of a devout mind to the AlmightyO. The greatness of the benefit to be secured. Turnbull. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. )Laughter turned to mourningJ. He sees Him who is invisible, and his motives come from that source, so invisible to the world. On the wall was a large painting of an eye. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace.3. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. He abhors self, and finds a refuge in Jesus Christ, who is made unto him wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Thus did the people of Israel in outward profession, and with their mouths, draw near to God, which as a token of hypocrisy is condemned (Isaiah 24:13; Isaiah 58:2, 3). )Mourning for sinJ. Trapp.Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. He drew nearest thus to Israel His people, to whom He gave His law and statutes, whereby He became familiar unto them. 1. (7) Of none of all these the apostle here seemeth to speak properly, but of another drawing near, which is by purity and sincereness of life, whereof chiefly in this place he speaketh, which be commendeth unto us in these words, "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded," which I take not for a new precept, but with and others as the manner of performing that which is now enjoined.Let us then consider the place —1. But when the man is to be exalted by the Divine grace and the Divine Spirit, that is a true humility which foresees this exaltation, and acts in view of it. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? (1) By the manifestation of His majesty, as to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others (Genesis 12:7; Genesis 17:1; Genesis 18:1; Genesis 26:1; Genesis 28:13; Genesis 32:24; Exodus 33:23; Exodus 24:1; Exodus 3:2). God has enjoined it. But after having told you all that we can add intelligence as pleasing as that which went before it was painful. A true humility sees the truth regarding itself, that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and cries out for God. We shall long and labor to be holy. Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. It would not be if the exaltation were to be in the line of the humility; that is, if the man was to be exalted in the very pride from which he humbles himself. When we exhort you to be humble, we do not exhort you to think yourselves worse or meaner than you really are. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psalm 73:28. The greatness of the benefit to be secured.3. That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? Trapp.Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. This sermon is part of a series called James on Practical Christianity and has been entitled 'Living the Faith' - James 4:8 His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. THE MOTIVES.1. Granting that you are as harmless as amiable, as deserving of esteem as you are thought to be, still it is all unavailing. Mouton. (3) By the graces of His Spirit, which imparting unto men He draweth near thereby unto them (John 14:18; Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:1; Acts 3:3). By no means; but the reverse. That the second person loved the first? We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." James 4:8 Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. "What!" There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: "In the sight of the Lord." This Seems Impossible. It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. The believer's humility, being in the sight of the Lord, implies a life in the sight of the Lord. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded. Meal was offered of old, and not whole corn.(J. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. (6) God finally draweth near unto us in a spiritual union with man, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, whereby God is united unto us and we to Him, by which means God dwelleth among us, and is made manifest in the flesh, as St. John and St. Paul speak. (B)Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and (C)purify your hearts, (D)you double-minded. But which of you can venture to say that your transgressions are few in number? (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His livingkindness unto them. Prayer is speaking to God. It is the nature of sin itself, and not its multiplicity merely, which subjects you to degradation. It is better to have your good things to come, than here (Luke 16:21).2. Turnbull. And what is that exaltation which God accomplishes for the soul? We can speak of blessings that are to follow in its train, and that are sufficient to compensate you a thousand-fold for all the distress which may have been inflicted upon your feelings by our delineations of the abject state to which you are reduced as transgressors. (Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 5:25).2. And in that love he finds a true holiness springing up in his soul.4. If we injure our fellow-man, we are to take the attitude of penitence before him. A true humility is alive, and bears fruit in a new and holy life. He sees Him who is invisible, and his motives come from that source, so invisible to the world. The spirit of Christian submission says, "Let us also rejoice in our tribulations" (Romans 5:3). A. Jeary.1. Touching the commandment, and the precept enjoined, is to draw near to God. There are certain dispositions which must be the accompaniments of prayer.3. God will give us that in sorrow which the world cannot find in pleasure; serenity, and contentment of mind. The essential excellence of what is done by a moral agent, consists in its recognition of the existence, and in its submission to the will of Him who ruleth over all. Thomson, D. D.Humility stands opposed to pride. But after having told you all that we can add intelligence as pleasing as that which went before it was painful. )Communion with GodIf you saw two persons working together in the same shop. And what is that exaltation which God accomplishes for the soul? CONSIDERATIONS ON THE PERFECTIONS OF GOD AND HIS RELATIONS TO US, AS MOTIVES AND INDUCEMENTS FOR DRAWING NIGH TO HIM.1. The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. I could get into no part of the room without the eye seeing me; and the last thing that I saw as I went out was that eye looking at me. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. With clean hands and a pure heart.III. Acceptance of his dealings in providence. We can speak of blessings that are to follow in its train, and that are sufficient to compensate you a thousand-fold for all the distress which may have been inflicted upon your feelings by our delineations of the abject state to which you are reduced as transgressors. 4. Had we nothing more to tell you than that you are sinners, it would only fill you with mortification, hopelessness, and anguish. You must draw nigh to God in all His ordinances. Touching the commandment, and the precept enjoined, is to draw near to God. Thomson, D. D.)Humility in God's sightJ. The believer's humility, being in the sight of the Lord, implies a life in the sight of the Lord. 10), giving you always "more grace" in this life, and a rich reversion of glory in the life to come. But, this exceptional case aside, no man is to humble himself before his fellow-man.2. 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