Verse of the day - James 1:26

  • If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
    James 1:26

    If you are doing ANYTHING in a "spiritual" manner (serving, teaching, preaching, resisting temptation, etc, etc) thinking that you can successfully do so in your own natural power and/or you are hoping to merit God's favor by so doing, then you are deceived. Religion always focuses on the work I do. Relationship always focuses on the work Christ has done. There is an eternity of difference between these two extremes!

    Acceptance of the Word must be followed by persistent obedience to the Word . Hearing must be followed by active obedience; otherwise the hearing is useless. But obedience to the Word is more than mere observance of outward forms of “religion” without the development of inner power to control the tongue.

    True obedience to the Word must reveal itself in beneficent social activity and stimulate personal self-control and purity in separation from worldly contamination.

    "It's no big deal!" That's the talk of a believer rationalizing vulgar, inappropriate, or hurtful speech. However, a friend conferred to me a long time ago, "Our moral downfall in office  chatter began when we let our language slip.  It didn't seem like that big a deal at the time, but what it led to was disastrous."

    Religion that is not reflected in everyday speech is empty and hollow. So let's use our speech to bless and encourage, not to curse, slander, or gossip.

    Holy and incomparable God, please forgive me for not using my speech for redemption. Forgive me for the times I've used my words to wound another or in ways that dishonour you and your holy claim on my life. Use my words today to bless, encourage, and comfort so others may know your grace through me.

    In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.