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The Power Of The Tongue

What if you could be perfect? What if you could overcome every temptation, struggle and sin in your life? What if you had the self-control and self-discipline to never sin? James says that if you could control your tongue, you would have the ability to be perfect. This is what he says:

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. – James 3:2 (NIV)

It takes more self-control to control your tongue than it does to control any other urge to sin in your entire body. In verses 3-6, James compares the tongue to a horse’s bit, a ship’s rudder and the tiny spark that can start a raging wildfire. Though each of these things is relatively small, they can have a great impact. So it is with the tongue. This tiny part of our bodies, James says, can start a raging fire. If you could control your tongue, you could be perfect. That’s the power of the tongue.

Breaking The Law

We sometimes believe that sin is not really all that bad. We’ll attach greater weight to some sins more than others. While some sins have greater consequences than others, they’re all the same and Jesus had to die for them all. James wrote:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. – James 2:10-11 (NIV)

Sin is a big deal. Our sin sent Jesus to the cross. Unforgiven sin sends people to hell. Sin is no laughing matter. Whether you commit one sin in your entire life or 10,000 sins in a week, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment and to pay the penalty for all of our many sins once and for all. Put your faith and trust in Him to forgive your many sins and by the grace of God, He will.

The Royal Law Of Love

James tells us that we are not supposed to play favorites in the family of God. He says that it is really the opposite of how we should treat each other. We have to ask ourselves how we’d like to be treated and then love accordingly. James wrote:

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. – James 2:8-9 (NIV)

Jesus said that this commandment was the second greatest commandment in the entire Old Testament. When it comes to favoritism in the church, we are not loving others the way we want to be loved when we love some more than others. If we play favorites, we are guilty of sin, says James. If we choose to love some more than others in the church, we are guilty of sin. Praise the Lord that He sent Jesus to die for our many sins. Let’s work on the loving our neighbors thing today by not playing favorites in the church and instead, loving others equally and unconditionally.

Pure Religion

James says that if we can’t keep a tight rein on our tongues, our religion is worthless. He then describes the kind of religion that pleases our Heavenly Father. James wrote:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27 (NIV)

More than talking a good game, followers of Jesus need to put feet to our faith. We need to care about the most vulnerable people in our world. We need to take care of those on the fringes.  We need to love the people who cannot offer us anything in return. We’ll find it much easier to love people who can give us something. What is hard is to love people who have nothing to give.
We also need to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world. The world is a dirty place full of sin and filth. We can do one of two things. First, we can avoid the world all together and set up communes in order to keep ourselves pure. That works to a degree, but it doesn’t change anyone’s lives or destinies. The other option is to keep ourselves grounded in God’s Word as protection against pollution. We’ll never change the world if we’re not working in the world to shine God’s light and love. Don’t isolate yourself from the world. Instead, be a light and show God’s love to someone today.

Get Rid Of Filth

I don’t like to get dirty. I’m not a germophobe. I just don’t like to get dirty and sweaty and stinky. Maybe you’re like me and you don’t like to get physically dirty. But what about our souls? Do we get filthy in a spiritual sense? James wrote:

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. – James 1:21 (NIV)

He said that human anger does not produce the kind of righteous life that God desires. God wants us to live righteous lives and that means getting rid of moral filthiness and wickedness. That comes by accepting God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, transforms us and helps us live righteous lives. What moral filth have you allowed to dirty your body and your mind? Get rid of it! Do whatever it takes to get rid of the spiritual dirt that is making you filthy. Listen to God’s Spirit and God’s Word and be transformed and cleansed today.

Birth Versus Death

In James 1:13-15, we read about temptation and how it leads to sin, which leads to death. Our evil desires cause us to give in to temptation and we sin. Sin is what leads to spiritual death and separation from God. But God gives life. James wrote:

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. – James 1:18 (NIV)

It is through God’s word of truth that we can have a new birth and a new life. No longer are we subject to death. We will all die a physical death, but spiritual death is not our reality. Instead, God chooses to save us by His grace through faith in Jesus. Instead of being afraid of death, we look forward to eternal life. Remember that you have been made new and are destined for eternal life. Praise be to God for this wonderful new birth!

God Doesn’t Tempt You

Have you ever heard someone say, “I think God is trying to see how strong I am” when it comes to temptation? James says that God and temptation are mutually exclusive. He wrote:

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. – James 1:13-15 (NIV)

God will never tempt you to do the wrong thing in order to see how strong you are. Never. He isn’t trying to see if you can withstand the temptation to cheat on your spouse. He isn’t going to put something in front of you to see if you will steal it or not. He won’t tempt you to lie or cheat your way to the top at work. God doesn’t tempt you. But the Bible says that He will provide a way out when you are tempted. If you feel tempted to sin today, look for the way out and then take it. You’ll be glad that you didn’t do the wrong thing.

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