Tuesday 21 April, 2015

James 3:1-5a

3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likew
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  1. David Newton says:

    I find this passage interesting because it gives an insight into a principle which is important to God. – That is: ‘Your words should match your actions’.
    A teacher is ‘judged more strictly’ because not only do they use words to convey ideas but they are training others to do the same. Several times in His ministry Jesus uses the word ‘hypocrite’ to describe the Pharisees. This is a Greek word which actually mean ‘to be an actor’. – A actor is a person who’s external words do not match there internal condition.
    When ever we speak to people in our daily life our words are teaching them things about us and hopefully about God as well. The question is: Do our words match our actions?
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    Dear God, I ask you to help me to be more careful in the words I use in my daily life and that you would empower me to speak words that are in line with my inner beliefs.

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