Petty Crimes

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  James 3:16.

I read this verse while thinking on the terrible sin that is able to rise up within a
congregation.  Infidelity, embezzlement, even murder.

James says it begins with the problems we often refer to as “petty”.  Gossips and contentious people are often referred to as petty. Minor criminal acts are referred to as “petty crimes”.  But James says where pettiness is tolerated, we will find “every evil work”.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  1 Peter 4:15.

Notice Peter mentions busybodies along side murderers, thieves and other evildoers. Busybodies are often thought of as petty persons, but they are actually trying to play God in another person’s life in Christ. This is idolatry.

In the kingdom of heaven, there can be no petty crime! This requires mercy, and the wisdom that comes from above:

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.    James 3:17.

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 1 Co 10:23.

2 thoughts on “Petty Crimes”

  1. One of the things that God says he hates in Proverbs 6 is He that sows discord among the brothers. Oh, how we have neglected that! Discord is shed in so many ways and for so many reasons. But I feel the chief reason is that so many Pastors have stopped preaching the Bible and preach man’s doctrine instead.

    2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    Woe to those preachers who do not preach the word of God. They are held accountable by God for how they lead their flock. Jeremiah 23 spells it out pretty well.

    Thanks for an enlightening post. I think I found some of these words somewhere else! LOL

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  2. I believe it is vital and widely overlooked, that we know the things that God hates. I am shedding tears as I write this, so I know the Holy Spirit and I are one in caring about this, that we willing take on this burden for Christ’s sake.


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