James 3 v. 9 -18
‘9 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.
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
14 But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.’
‘The two-faced speech (praising God, cursing others) is something no Christian should settle for – but often we don’t even notice we’re doing it.
What our tongues say reveals what is going on inside us – what our hearts are really like. For most, if not all of us, that is deeply challenging.’
So we need to look for a wisdom which affects our hearts / spirits / souls deeply. A wisdom (and a heart) which abandons ‘bitter envy and selfish ambition’, but rather a wisdom which results in a heart and voice which is ‘peace-filled’.
We learn to control our tongues by seeking God’s wisdom and help, and the daily in-filling of the Spirit.
‘At Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit, seen in tongues of fire, caused the first disciples to use their words to declare Jesus’ identity and offer His forgiveness. Our tongues can be set on fire by heaven, rather than by hell (James 3 v. 6).
bringer of truth, of unity, of wisdom,
be poured into our lives today,
that our hearts are inclined all the more
to Your perfect ways.
May our lives and our words
And may we see the ‘harvest of righteousness’,
the growth of Your kingdom,
All posts in The Letter Of James
- Finally, a reminder of our mission…seeking the lost, bringing them home
- Prayer works…but how?
- A call to prayer and to praise
- Watch out, the Lord’s coming is near!
- Time to stop exploiting…
- What is your life? No longer our own, but Yours, Lord.
- He will draw near to you…and will lift you up
- Even more grace, freely given
- Understanding our quarrels
- Wisdom from heaven to tame the tongue (and heart)
- Our words, powerful for good or ill
- An inactive faith is a dead faith
- The root of our salvation is by faith, the fruit of our salvation is by works
- Mercy triumphs over judgement (but without judgement, we don’t fully grasp mercy)
- All are equal, all are one…let’s live it out
- Hearing the Word, and acting upon it…
- Father God gives good and perfect gifts
- Heavenly riches (crowns of life) and earthly poverty
- In need of wisdom? You only have to ask…
- Introducing Bible Month – the letter of James (i)