11 Aug, 2012

From the Same Mouth- Blessings and Curses

James 3: 7-10 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue- a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not be so.

In our children’s ministry tomorrow, this is our text. The book of James is so short, yet so powerful. James 3:1 jumps off the page at me.

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. James 3:1

And I have to be honest with myself. In big and small circumstances, indeed, the most difficult things to control are my words. Anger. Boasting. Complaining. Interrupting. Being mean… or pointless.

All of it.

Words that steer my life in the wrong direction.

Words that are hot enough to spark a forest fire.

Words that have either the power of life or death.

I know that there will be families who come through the doors of the church tomorrow who have had a morning like this.

 

 

And I will understand, because we’ve been there too.

This is what gives me hope for families and for myself. When I’m am feeling far from God, this is His promise to me… and all of us.

James 4:6-10 But He gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.

1. Repent.

2. Draw near to God.

3. Resist evil through the power of God’s Spirit and not by willpower.

4. He will heal what is broken and exalt us to a place of dignity despite our own shortcomings.

 

Thankful for His grace.

 

So, what do you think?