Topic: Out Of Place
[DCLM Daily Manna 15 October 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: James 3:1-18 (KJV)
“Out of the
samemouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 3:10).
There are too many professors of religion whose examples and lifestyles are completely out of place with their professions and claims. One area in which this is most obvious is in the use of the tongue.
The Apostle James reveals in our text that one of the most obvious proofs of our claim to be Christians is in the way we use our tongue. He decries the incongruity of claiming to be Christians and at the same time misusing the tongue. Cursing is out of place in a Christian’s life. The real test of our Christian claim is our ability to bring our tongue under control through prayer and the grace of God.
Christians and Christian leaders are to be men and women of few words. Talkativeness, no doubt, will degenerate into sinfulness as it is most likely to include exaggerations and embellishments that are far from the truth. How we use our tongue when we are provoked and agitated also shows if we have been transformed by grace or not.
It is not unlikely that this may be one of the reasons our gospel and testimony is not accepted by the unbelievers in our neighborhood and places of work and why many of our children are not taking after our Christian faith. Our hypocrisies and inconsistent Christian lives are too glaring and overshadowing the Christian faith we seek to project. The Lord wants us to take a deep look into the way we live. If our examples are out of place with our claims, then we must stop the false life and go to the Lord to get the real thing. “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy”. This wisdom is revealed in the way we use our tongues. How do you use yours?
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Thought For The Day: The state of your tongue shows the state of your life.
The Bible In A Year: Isaiah 38-41.