Personal Journey

James Bible Study- Chapter 3

Hi everyone! Sorry it took so long to get back to it. I did a lot of traveling for Easter and had class and work all day today. Let’s just jump right in and get to James Ch. 3! Grab those pens and highlighters and let’s gooo!!!!!

Not many should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we will receive a stricter judgment. [2]For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is mature, able also to control the whole body. [3] Now if we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we direct their whole bodies. [4] And consider ships:  Through very large and driven fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. [5] So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how a small fire sets ablaze a large forest. [6] And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is places among our members. It stains the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and itself set fire by hell. [7] Every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and his us tamed and has been tamed by humankind, [8] but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. [9] With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in God’s likeness. [10] Blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, these things should not be this way. [11] Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? [12] Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.

I think that it is important to point out the first part that I have highlighted up there- we all stumble in many ways. To me, this part is meant to be very comforting for all those who feel they’re going through something hard. We all stumble in so many ways, yet we also get back up again with His help, comfort, and strength. It’s another way of saying that you aren’t alone with the hardships that you’re encountering, but that you should lay your worries and anxieties on Him.

The next part of this passage that I want to focus on is explaining the “tongue”. In this passage, the tongue simply means what you need to control what you say to others. So often we let ourselves go without thinking before we speak. A common theme in my posts are things that you’ve heard since you were little but don’t think much of anymore. One of these things is thinking before you speak! It’s such an easy concept, yet so many of us don’t do it. Think of how what you might say can affect others, whether you meant it or not. On the flip side, think about how positively you can change someone’s day by simply being thoughtful and kind. Words are oh-so powerful. You must be able to control and use them with wisdom. Use your words to set fire in people’s hearts!

[13] Who among you is wise and understanding? By his good conduct he should show that his works are done in the gentleness that comes from wisdom. [14] But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and deny the truth. [15] Such wisdom does not come down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. [16] For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice. [17] But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense. [18] And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.

Something to be aware of is that not all wisdom comes from above. We don’t just get wisdom. Not everything we say comes from a place of wisdom and we want to be aware of that so that we don’t lead people astray. We are all learning about the Lord. Not one person knows all of the answers. Some wisdom is earthly, and earthly things tend to be referenced as evil or tempting in the Bible. In other words, don’t allow earthly things to enter into your spiritual teachings- such as jealousy, anger, resentment, etc.

The best wisdom is one that comes from a heart that is open to the Lord, slow to anger, slow to speak, and quick to listen.

I originally picked the title of this blog to be wisdom because I really liked something about it. I didn’t know why specifically and I didn’t know where it would lead me. Ever since then I’ve been very open to listening to God and He has shown me so many different ways to learn about His wisdom and lead others along the way. It didn’t even start as a spiritual journey about wisdom, but it sure has turned into one!

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