What Did He Say?

A few evenings ago, I came home late after meetings at church.  Sherry asked me a question while I was in our closet.  My response to her question was to make a comment about her question that immediately pricked the ears of John.  Mr. John who hears and understands everything in literal terms.  I did not know he was in the room.  I tried to explain to him what had been said and the more I tried the worse it got.  This was a great reminder to always pay attention to what you are saying.

Certainly our words are very important. Words are an important subject in the book of James.  The first encounter we have with words are simply these, “Be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger,” 1:19. The beginning point of monitoring what we say is to simply monitor what we hear.  The things that we take in directly affect what comes out.   For example, “It was so refreshing to watch Andy Griffith with John last night.”  To hear him laugh at wholesome programing was a blessing. And even greater was the blessing of  our interaction time in our devotions last night.

The second encounter we have with words comes from chapter 3, “He is a perfect man who is able to bridle his tongue,” 3:2. Maturity in Christ is clearly measured by the things we say.  Now I know what you are thinking, “No one is perfect and occasionally you let a not so good word slip.”  But how does this stand verses scripture, “From the same mouth come blessings and cursing.  My brothers these things should not be,” 3:10. Brothers and sisters we must daily submit our words to the sanctifying touch of the Holy Spirit.

As we submit our words and our every thought to God, we will become people who are quick to hear what God says.  We will become people who are quick to resist those things that would cause us to speak sinful things.  And we will become people who are doers of the word and not hearers only.

Maybe you ask, “Why is this so important?”  There are many reasons including first and foremost the Glory of the Lord.  But consider how James ends his epistle, “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save a soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins,” 5:20. As we speak correctly we are in a position to reach out to people who are falling away from God and we are in a position to reach people who know not Christ.

“Oh, dear Father, may my words be true and may my heart be pure in your sight.”  May this be your prayer today in Jesus name.

2 Responses to “What Did He Say?”

  1. marc mullins Says:

    Thanks I needed to hear this Scripture today, yesterday and tomorrow for that matter.

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