JAMES chapter 3

Taming the Tongue

 

The tongue is a small member of the body. Believe it or not, it is an organ most of us don’t need.

Two of the girls rescued from human trafficking in my last book SCARRED BEAUTY had their tongues cut out. Most of us wouldn’t like our tongues cut out, but some of us would be a lot better off if they were.

The damage that little tongue can do is great. It can gossip, put others down, brag, manipulate, complain, flatter, lie, and blaspheme the Lord.

Here in James it is compared to a spark of fire. One little spark can set a forest on fire and destroy it.

Tongues either compliment or condemn, encourage or discourage, and curse or bless the Lord.  Let’s use our tongues for praise and encouragement.

JAMES chapterNot many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

 

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GENESIS

Introduction to a Bible study on Genesis

Do you believe that

“Christ was born of a virgin?”

“He was the Son of God?”

“He performed miracles, healed the lame and the blind, and walked on water?”

“He was crucified, died and buried, and rose from the dead?

If you believe this, why do you believe this? Because the Bible says it, right?

The Bible says a lot in the first part of Genesis, but for some, that section is harder to believe than the rest of God’s Word. But our moral foundation and moral absolutes that we try to live by are based in Genesis. As Christians, we believe in marriage, as God made it, one man for one woman. We believe abortion is wrong. And  God created life right in the mother’s womb. Children are given to us by God and special. 

There are many questions and debates that have arisen out of Genesis.

Was the earth really created in six days?

Did God truly make one woman for one man?

Did God put other people on earth?

Who did Cain and Abel marry?

How did evil, suffering, and disease really get started?

Scientists, say there was a big bang which started creation. Some say we evolved from animals and it took billions of years to form the earth and every creature on it.

Secularists say it’s impossible to rise from the dead. Miracles are impossible.

If it comes down to either man’s word or God’s word, I put my trust in God’s Word. He has always been there forever without beginning or end. He created everything and of course must have seen it all.

This leaves me with hope.

For me, it’s a little scary when men decide what’s right and wrong and make up the rules. For if man makes up the rules, he can change them, too, which some men have done over the years. If God said it and He never changes, and He is the same yesterday, today and forever, that’s something I can trust in.  

If a scientist says that our death is our final end and I believed it,  I would live each day in a desperate state, lost, miserable, and depressed. So I believe that every word in the Bible is God-inspired. 

Believing God’s Word encourages me in every situation, inspires me to do better, guides my actions daily, and gives me hope that after my body dies my spirit will live forever in a new body in Heaven with God.  

We either believe man’s words or God’s words.

God said it. I believe it. That settles it.

 For me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THIS AND THAT

Driving away from Wal-Mart I was so excited I almost ran a red light. I was eager to get home and scrub my kitchen floor.

I have tried everything from comet to bleach to remove the deep, dark stains that were left there by the last tenant three years ago. I finally gave up and learned to live with the dark spots.

A few days ago our new custodian demonstrated a product on my floor.  When I saw the remarkable unblemished circle in the middle of my tainted floor, I hurried to the store to buy the cleaner.

At home I got on hands and knees with the designated scouring pad and the product. I scrubbed for an hour and had a bleeding finger and a backache, but 30 clean tiles. There were 142 to clean.

Inspired by the difference between night and day on my floor, I bandaged my finger, rested, and started again.

When 60 tiles were spotless, I had two bandaged fingers and my back hurt worse, so I stopped for the day.

I was so tired I just sat and stared at that unblemished section I had cleaned. Then I found myself meditating on that new, whitened area.

It’s so easy for us to receive salvation and God’s forgiveness.  When my iniquities have blackened my soul and my offences have stained my life, I can go to God and ask forgiveness.

All I need to do is pray with a sincere heart.  I don’t need to work or scour myself with an abrasive product that eats away my skin.

But it was not easy or painless for our Lord. He suffered, was beaten, abused, and died for us.

Now when I see that spotless floor, I think of His great love and how he washed away our sins.

 

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