Spiritual Sunday

James 3 (The Message Bible)

3:1 Don't be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards.

3:2 And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you'd have a perfect person, in perfect control of life.

3:3 A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse.

3:4 A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds.

3:5 A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything--or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire.

3:6 A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.

3:7 This is scary: You can tame a tiger,

3:8 but you can't tame a tongue--it's never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer.

3:9 With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image.

3:10 Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can't go on.

3:11 A spring doesn't gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it?

3:12 Apple trees don't bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don't bear apples, do they? You're not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?

3:13 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here's what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It's the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.

3:14 Mean-spirited ambition isn't wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn't wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn't wisdom.

3:15 It's the furthest thing from wisdom--it's animal cunning, devilish conniving.

3:16 Whenever you're trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others' throats.

3:17 Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.

3:18 You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.


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  1. Hi Devita,
    Boy these scriptures are so true. Of course all scriptures are true, but maybe I should say relevant. No, that's not right either, they are all relevant. Maybe I should say it is something we should think about. The tongue has probably caused more trouble in the world than anything else. Each of us needs to examine ourselves and make sure we are using our tongue in the right way. Thank you for posting these scriptures.
    I received a notice from Mr. Linky that you had linked on Spiritual Sundays but when I went there your name was not there. BP's name was there and I did not receive a notice that she had linked. I don't know what happened. Maybe you both tried to link at the same time and got Mr. Linky confused. Why don't you go back there and see if your name is there and if not, try adding it again.

  2. Have a nice Sunday, Icha.

  3. Amen! Thanks Icha! JBU.

  4. Hi again. I went ahead and linked your blog on Spiritual Sundays. I don't know why it didn't go on earlier. Have a great Spiritual Sunday. As I said before, these are wonderful scriptures you have shared here today.

  5. Thanks for sharing these verses today. Our words are so powerful and often we don't realize their power I think.

  6. I really like this version of the Bible. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hello Devita, you're absolutely right there.
    And the champions are politicians! Ha ha.
    Talk about 'foot and mouth' disease.
    You have a nice day, Lee.

  8. Wonderful selection of Scripture for us to think about and mediate on. I like reading the Message. Thanks for posting.


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