Sorry for no post yesterday, I had the opportunity to practice
not boasting, in the most tempting of all circumstances! I spent the day riding over to St. Augustine with some awesome guys who are pastors and then sitting in a "huddle" with other pastors who are just starting small groups in their churches. Just trust me; I was being convicted of my pride all day!
How'd you do?
You know the game the "Tongue is Hell Fire". Did you try?
If you tried, you burnt up didn't you? Knew you would, that was the intent. You can't do it (James' words not mine).
"All kinds of animals birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue.
As hard as we try we can't tame the tongue. That's the problem; all of our lives we have been told to watch our words, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all", right?
Jesus says In Matt 15 "Are you being willfully stupid? Don't you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It's from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That's what pollutes."
He is saying don't watch your words, watch your heart!
"If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check."
James first reminds us that we ALL stumble, so we are not perfect, then he says it takes a perfect man to tame the tongue. There is only one perfect man, his name is Jesus.
So here's the question…have you spent all of your life trying to control your tongue? It's kind of like the game, it's pointless!
"For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks."
Turn your heart over to the perfect one and watch the words flow out of your mouth!