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Peace – James 3
Taming the Tongue
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 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.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Two Kinds of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
I Would Like to Think, But… | Dyea Rowland
James, here, is teaching us that the true wisdom is the wisdom of peace. I took from this that there is the worldly wisdom and then the wisdom of God. Worldly wisdom, resulting in confusion; and the heavenly wisdom, resulting in peace and righteousness.
As I read about controlling my tongue, and then came to verse 18, I would like to think that I live one way…but I haven’t been so much. Lately, I have not been so meek, gentle, or self-controlled. I have allowed my anger and bitterness to dictate my actions; my works where the righteous develops have not been maturing either. I’d like to think that I am a peacemaker, but it appears I have been just the opposite and sowing discord. I want pure peace, not this earthly, carnal, or demonic counterfeit peace, which I have found leaves me with NO peace at all.
Father, You went straight to my heart today with this. My tongue has been horrific; I have been attacked demonically, and the peace that I once felt has been absent for some time. I speak of how wonderful You are (truth), and of all the peace one could attain (truth) and speak of how they can have it. Yet, I feel as a liar when I don’t feel it, or work for it myself. Switch my gears away from the false peace, and turns me towards the true peace, found only in, through, and from You. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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