Watching what you say

Daily reading: James 3:1-12
June 19, 2015

Focus scripture: Consider ships: they are so large that strong winds are needed to drive them.  But pilots direct their ships whenever they want with a little rudder.  In the same way, even though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts wildly.  Think about this:  a small flame can set a whole forest on fire. James 3:4-5

James begins with a stern warning to those who teach to control their speech, because it can be dangerous and evil and it can potentially do more harm than good and he hits the topic pretty hard.  He takes time to make sure we are clear on what he is saying for 12 long verses.  So if he is only speaking to teachers and you are not a teacher does that mean that you can check out from the lesson? I hope not.

If you have taken the long walk down the isle of the church and confessed your belief in Jesus as the Savior of the world.  If you have done the radical act of getting into the baptismal waters and said good-bye to a life centered upon yourself for a new life centered upon Christ – then you need to pay attention– not to negate the real, real need for those in power to be careful with what they say – BUT each one of you potentially could be the only Bible someone outside of a faith community ever reads.  What you say reflects a great deal about who you are.

Our discipleship is reflected not just in what we do with our time, by coming to worship and study or similarly by what we do with our time when we are out in the world,  by how we treat the least in society but also by the words we use.  Just as we have to work at controlling our actions, controlling our choices we make, we also have to work at controlling our tongues.

Prayer: God help me to control what I say each day, may it be a reflection of your presence in my life.  Amen.


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