Guard That Mouth!

Guard That Mouth!

Psalm 141:3

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!

This is sound advice and a theme that appears numerous times in the Bible.  Prophets from the Old and New Testament speak of guarding the words the come out of your mouth.  I have written a number of posts on this subject and I thought I would touch on it again. Continue reading

The Quick, Sharp and Ignorant Tongue

The Quick, Sharp and Ignorant Tongue

James 3:3-5

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.  Look at the ships also:  though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

A previous post about the book of James (Shut Up and Listen) dealt with the subject of the unbridled tongue and its consequences.  I cited James 1:19-20 where James tells the followers to shut up and listen, think before you speak.  For a quick retort can lead to anger and anger does not produce righteousness.

James goes on to speak of the problems of a swift and sharp tongue. Continue reading

Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

James 1:13-15

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

What is James talking about in these verses?  He is talking about personal responsibility.

He is telling us that temptation and sin are of our own doing.  We are not puppets and God is pulling the strings.  We are all free individuals able to make our own decisions and choices.  And with freedom comes responsibility, personal responsibility. Continue reading

The Quick, Sharp and Ignorant Tongue

The Quick, Sharp and Ignorant Tongue

James 3:3-5

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.  Look at the ships also:  though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

A previous post about the book of James (Shut Up and Listen) dealt with the subject of the unbridled tongue and its consequences.  I cited James 1:19-20 where James tells the followers to shut up and listen, think before you speak.  For a quick retort can lead to anger and anger does not produce righteousness.

James goes on to speak of the problems of a swift and sharp tongue. Continue reading

Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

James 1:13-15

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

What is James talking about in these verses?  He is talking about personal responsibility.

He is telling us that temptation and sin are of our own doing.  We are not puppets and God is pulling the strings.  We are all free individuals able to make our own decisions and choices.  And with freedom comes responsibility, personal responsibility. Continue reading

Pray For What We Covet

Pray For What We Covet

James 4:1-3

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

I wrote a post about how covetousness is the gateway to all sin.  In it I talked about how it is commandment number ten and leads you right up from nine to six.  And here, in a letter from James to the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine, my thoughts are confirmed. Continue reading

Guard That Mouth!

Guard That Mouth!

Psalm 141:3

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!

This is sound advice and a theme that appears numerous times in the Bible.  Prophets from the Old and New Testament speak of guarding the words the come out of your mouth.  I have written a number of posts on this subject and I thought I would touch on it again. Continue reading