James Chapter 3 is one of the most difficult and challenging chapters anywhere in scripture…..
It’s easy to read…….It’s easy to say we understand it……..it’s easy to say we must try harder to watch our words…….
But, over the years one of the greatest struggles of my life [especially during the time I've been a Christian] has been my words!
Taming the tongue!
“So, also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.” [v5-6]
Do our words change in certain company…….we guard our language around the Minister perhaps? But, among friends? Or work colleagues?
If we have a certain persona for certain people then we aren’t paying attention…….we have missed the point!
But, I’m not even sure that it goes down that way anymore………..by that I mean; I’m not sure many people try to hide their real vocabulary these days.
For example, it irks me somewhat to see/hear/read the casual swearing that Christians think is ok…….there, I said it! I can see you rolling your eyes at me! But, I am serious! it troubles me because I struggle with my words and my language……………..I am not exempt………
Doesn’t it make you feel cool and relevant and hip though?……..because everyone does it now………and, its only offensive to certain people and in certain places or contexts right?
And they tell me it’s ok to swear because ‘something something about judging others or social justice or poverty and legalism and fundamentalists and being old-fashioned.‘
Great excuses from people who are great at making excuses to excuse their hypocrisy! There, I said that too……..roll your eyes again!
James asks the question;
‘Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?‘ [v11]
The challenge is great…….it’s hard……but, it is very very simple!