On this summer Journey in James, our theme is Faith in Action! In James 3:2, he notes the relationship between words and actions…
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. (James 3:2)
First, I like how James acknowledges that we all struggle with sin in our Christian walk, and not just a little bit – we all stumble in many ways. Like a good teacher he includes himself in this, admitting his own struggles too. He also says that if we can learn to control our tongue we can learn to control our whole body, meaning that we can learn to control our actions, and stumble much less.
In the New Testament, “perfect” usually means mature, so James is saying that mature talk will lead us to mature action. Learning to control our tongue will not make us sinless, but it will make us sin less! If we can learn to talk right, then we can learn to walk right.
Words lead to action. You can’t be a mature Christian until you learn how to control your tongue. The person who can control his tongue can control his actions.
After salvation, I believe this topic is one of the most important ones regarding Christian living. In some cases this may be the difference between being a good Christian and a great one. The more we stumble in our words, the more we will stumble in our walk. How ironic that our tongue trips us up more than our feet.
Today’s Good News is that if we learn to control our tongue, we can learn to control our actions.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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