The Gospel is not about getting an improved life, it is about getting a forgiven life
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
As I was preparing this Devotional(a long time ago), I received in my Blog feed a wonderful poem written by blogger Gloryteller. Rather than write anything on this issue today, I am including his poem as a powerful illustration of words, the tongue, and their proper role in the lives of mature Christian believers.
A Farmer of Words
I want to be a farmer of words
I want to nurture words
I want to plant them in good soil
Grow them until mature
Make them fruitful
Pick them and harvest them
Squeeze out their nutritious juices
Prepare them deliciously
Give them to those in need of
A good word
I want to begin a culture of
Pat over at Beholding Him Ministries makes a great point in emphasizing our “laying aside,” of things that stop our growth as a verb. They require action! Like most of our Christian walk, this is not a passive activity. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.
SSSssssoooo you are interested in growing in Christ…the Lord tells us how…note the verbs which means we have to take action: lay aside and desire.
Let’s begin with desire: to long for, to ask for, strongly want with earnestness.
Peter connects our spiritual growth to our longing, earnestly seeking, and asking to be fed. Our growth in Christ requires a desire for the Word that is akin to the desire a baby has for milk…..read the rest of the post here: Lay it aside…
Jesus came the first time when it was time.
He will come the second time when it is time.
Are we ready?
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
What I am about to say is simply the thoughts and opinions of one man, but to me, this is simply one of the most vivid and descriptive passages in all of God’s Word. As we have covered, James is teaching the point that one of the ways we illustrate Christian maturity is by learning to control our tongue. He has also made the point earlier that by controlling our tongue, we can control the entirety of our bodies.
This seems rather like the two greatest commandments, the ones given by Jesus to the questioning Scribe in Matthew Chapter 22. When the scribe was attempting to trip Jesus up by pinning Him down to stating one commandment as more weighty than another, Jesus neatly rolled them all up in two simple directives: Love God above all else, and love one’s neighbor as oneself. The reason He did this was to show that by doing these two things, all other requirements would naturally follow as an outflow.
The tongue is like that. We can see in Verse 2 of our passage James stating that if a man can learn to control his tongue, he can control his entire body. James doesn’t seem to mean this in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical sense regarding the whole of our behavior. In other words, if what issues from our mouth tends to be God-honoring and God-exalting, then likely the rest of our behavior will be as well. Then he moves on to show two very clear examples of the smallest of things exercising the greatest of control.
The first example is that of a horse. It’s quite amazing, really that an animal weighing in at over a half a ton can be easily controlled by a 100-pound rider simply through a tiny metal bit in their mouth. Likewise, the direction and course of a large ship can be controlled by no more than a small rudder which is only a fraction of the size of the ship.
Our tongues and our speech are like the bit or the rudder. They are only a small part of us physically, but they can and do turn us in whatever direction they point. If our speech is Christlike, then we will be likewise Christlike. If our speech is the opposite, then our behavior will be as well.
This is part of a great series by Efua at Grace Over Pain on the Beatitudes. Head over and read. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.
I like to refer to meekness as strength under control. It’s like an animal that has been tamed. That animal still has the strength she had prior to being tamed. The difference between then and now is that the animal is subject to the owner’s authority and will only show that strength when the need arises. The same animal that can tear and destroy can be cuddled because that animal has learnt how to put her strength under control.
A perfect example of someone who showed this attribute is Jesus Christ. Imagine his journey to the cross. He has the power to kill everyone who oppressed him. He could have called on angels to come fight on His behalf. But he didn’t. This exactly is an attribute Jesus Christ wants us to have.
Meekness is different from quietness. Oftentimes we mistake both. To be meek is to totally yield oneself to God’s authority. In this race we are in, we really cannot go far if we don’t have this attribute. And I think it is one of the most attributes needed in the church today. Humility. These days most people want a platform and want their voices to be heard. However it takes meekness to stay under authority. We need meekness to be able to have the right relationship with people. This we won’t be able to do if we don’t see them with the eyes of love.
Meekness isn’t when we never disagree with people. To be meek isn’t to tolerate sin and to never speak up about things that should be spoken about.
To be meek isn’t to always sweep things under the carpet in order not to face and deal with issues. Remember Jesus Christ who is our perfect example of meekness is a loving God of justice. He spoke up against the Pharisees when He needed to.…..read the rest of the post here: “Blessed are The Meek,…” | The Beatitudes Series | Part 3