Knijga O Kristu

Jakovljeva poslanica 4

Približiti se Bogu

1Što je uzrok sukoba i svađa među vama? Zar nisu pohote koje se bore u vašim udovima?

žudite za onim što nemate pa zbog toga ubijate. Zavidni ste na onomu što ne možete dobiti pa se borite i svađate da drugima oduzmete. Nemate jer ne molite Boga za to što želite.

A kad i molite, ne dobivate jer molite s grešnom nakanom: da to potratite u svojim pohotama.

Preljubnici! Ne znate li da je prijateljstvo s ovim svijetom neprijateljstvo prema Bogu? Tko dakle hoće biti prijatelj svijetu, postaje neprijateljem Bogu.

Mislite li da u Svetome pismu bez razloga piše: 'On ljubomorno čezne za duhom što ga je u nama nastanio'?

Ali on nam, u svojoj milosti, daje sve više snage da se suprotstavimo takvim zlim željama; kao što Sveto pismo veli:
    'Bog se protivi oholima,
            a poniznima daruje milost.'[a]

Predajte se, dakle, ponizno Bogu! Oduprite se đavlu pa će pobjeći od vas!

Približite se Bogu pa će se i on približiti vama. Operite ruke, grešnici! Očistite srca, licemjeri!

Zatužite i zaplačite nad svojim grijesima! Neka se vaš smijeh pretvori u plač, a radost u žalost.

10 Ponizite se pred Gospodinom pa će vas on uzvisiti.

Upozorenje na osuđivanje drugih

11 Draga braćo i sestre, ne ocrnjujte jedni druge! Tko kritizira i osuđuje svojega brata, kritizira i osuđuje Božji zakon. A vi niste suci Zakonu da možete odlučivati o tomu je li on dobar ili loš. Vaša je dužnost da ga vršite.

12 Samo Bog, koji je dao Zakon, može među nama pravedno presuditi. Samo on ima moć spasiti ili pogubiti. A tko si ti da sudiš bližnjega?

Upozorenje na samopouzdanje

13 Poslušajte me sad vi koji govorite: 'Danas ili sutra ćemo poći u taj i taj grad, ondje ćemo ostati godinu dana, trgovati i zaraditi

14 a ne znate što će biti sutra. Pa što je vaš život? Poput daška je koji se načas pojavi i odmah nestane.

15 Trebali biste reći: 'Ako Gospodin bude htio, živjet ćemo i učiniti ovo ili ono.'

16 Inače se razmećete svojom hvalom. A svako je takvo hvastanje zlo.

17 Grijeh je dakle znati što treba činiti, a ne činiti.

Notas al pie

  1. Jakovljeva poslanica 4:6 Izreke 3:34.

The Message

James 4

Get Serious

11-2 Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.

2-3 You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.

4-6 You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”

7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

11-12 Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?

Nothing but a Wisp of Fog

13-15 And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

16-17 As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.