3 James

Author

Rob Schulze

Scripture

James 3:1-18

Observations

  • Beware-- those who teach God’s Word will be judged more strictly
  • Just as a small bit steers a horse and a small rudder steers a ship or a small spark can set a large forest on fire, the tongue is a small part of the body but it wields incredible potential for evil among parts of the human body.
  • Various animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures have been tamed by people but no human has tamed the tongue—it’s an evil full of deadly poison
  • Our tongue can praise Jesus and the Father and then curse somebody made in their likeness, which should not be.
  • In nature fig trees do not bear olives, grapevines do not bear figs and slat springs do not produce fresh water
  • Those who are wise and have understanding show it by their good life through humble deeds
  • Do not boast or deny it if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts
  • Such so called “wisdom” is earthly, unspiritual and demonic
  • You’ll find disorder and every evil practice where you find envy and selfish ambition
  • But real wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere
  • Peacemakers sow in peace and reap a harvest of righteousness as a result

Application

  • Envy and selfish ambition lies right below the surface in me and it desires:
    • Disorder
    • Every evil practice
    • To use my speech to speak evil
    • To curse people made in the likeness of Jesus
  • Wisdom however also resides in me and produces humble deeds and sows peace
  • Daily I need to be aware how wild my tongue can be and be willing to submit it to wisdom and to sow peace vs. discord in all situations

Prayer

Holy Father, thank you for your Word and James’s words that cut to my heart.  How often I feel the tension of selfish ambition and wisdom in my relationships at with family, at work and even at church and in ministry.  Lord, I confess the envy in my heart that causes me to lust after influence and status.  I confess how often my tongue speaks sarcasm or puts others in a place where they look foolish and I look wise. Sigh… thank you Father and Jesus for sending the Spirit to fill us and to provide us wisdom in such times and enables to me to sow peace vs. disorder.  Lord, may all of at trinity and your Church mature in guarding our thoughts and taming our tongues so that others are edified around us through our attitudes, speech and actions.  In Jesus name, Amen

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