For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:16 KJV
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
These verses show the difference between men’s pretending to be wise, and they’re being really so. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture if he does not live and act well. True wisdom may be known by the meekness of the spirit and temper.
Those who live in malice, envy, and contention, live in confusion; and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. Such wisdom comes not down from above, but springs up from earthly principles acts on earthly motives, and is intent on serving earthly purposes. The following link is a good description of the aforementioned.
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We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men’s tongues are employed in sinful ways, they are set on fire of hell. No man can tame the tongue without Divine grace and assistance. https://twitter.com/i/status/1266839233387511820
The apostle does not represent it as impossible, but as extremely difficult. Other sins decay with age, this many times gets worse; we grow more froward and fretful, as natural strength decays, and the days come on in which we have no pleasure. When other sins are tamed and subdued by the infirmities of age, the spirit often grows more tart, nature being drawn down to the dregs, and the words used become more passionate.
That man’s tongue confutes itself, which at one time pretends to adore the perfections of God, and to refer all things to him; and at another time condemns even good men, if they do not use the same words and expressions. True religion will not admit of contradictions: how many sins would be prevented, if men would always be consistent!
Pious and edifying language is the genuine produce of a sanctified heart; and none who understand Christianity, expect to hear curses, lies, boastings, and revilings from a true believer’s mouth, any more than they look for the fruit of one tree from another.
But facts prove that more professors succeed in bridling their senses and appetites, than in duly restraining their tongues. Then, depending on Divine grace, let us take heed to bless and curse not; and let us aim to be consistent in our words and actions.
Those who are lifted up with such wisdom, described by the apostle James, are near to the Christian love, described by the apostle Paul; and both are so described that every man may fully prove the reality of his attainments in them. It has no disguise or deceit. It cannot fall in with those managements the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere and open, and steady, and uniform, and consistent with itself. May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Father, through our unwavering faith, we bow before your throne to place our sincere gratitude for all you have provided as sustenance for our families. We thank you, Lord, for deepening our faith and filling us with your wisdom to renounce the world. Bringing us the strength to demonstrate your love and compassion, that all might recognize your support. We ask you, Lord, for blessings to all who are doing your bidding in this walk of faith. This we pray in your name Yeshua, Amen, and Amen.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
The apostle James shows what is the proper use of the word of God, who they are that do not use it as they ought, and who they are that do make a right use of it, James 1:23-25.
Let us consider each of these distinctly. The use we are to make of God’s word may be learnt from its being compared to a mirror, in which a man may behold his natural face.
As a mirror shows us the spots and defilements upon our faces, so they may be remedied and washed off, the word of God reveals our sins, so we may repent of them and have them pardoned. It shows us what is amiss, that it may be amended. Some mirrors will flatter people, but that which is truly the word of God is no flattering mirror.
If you flatter yourselves, it is your own fault, the truth, as it is in Yeshua (Jesus Christ), flatters no man. Let the word of truth be carefully attended to, and it will set before you the corruption of your nature, the disorders of your hearts and lives, it will tell you plainly what type of salt you are, Savoury to season or Flat, to be trodden upon.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.“ “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen