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 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
This passage in James 3 is about the tongue and the power of it.
Years ago opinions and movements were “advertised” by word of mouth or printed (newspaper). Today everyone has a blog or a website and with this comes many opinions. It can at times be confusing and swaying as to what is right and what is truth.
My encouragement to us all in this media world is to uphold truth not opinions.
James encourages us to be measured in what we say…for me this is also in what I post.
I have created a filter that says “what would Jesus say? What would Jesus do?”
I ask myself – does my “voice” bring life or death? Does it help the Cause of Christ or hinder it?
Father I pray for wisdom in all we say, write, post and proclaim. May you be Lord and May your Spirit guide us in all we ‘say’.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta