The Book of James: 3:1-2 (NLT)
Can You Control Your Tongue
James warns fellow Christians who desire to teach that they will be held accountable for their words. As teachers they will be judged more strictly because they have influence over their listeners or students who want to learn the Word of God from them. Teachers are to help make the Word easier to understand but teachers can make mistakes as well. Teachers must spend time studying the Word and asking the Holy Spirit for guidance. They have to know what is literal and what is illustrative and give examples so people can understand the truth.
As students we learn from our teachers, but we must also search the scriptures ourselves. How many times have you heard a saying you thought was from the Bible, but it was not correct? “Money is the root of all evil,” or is it, “the love of money is the root of all evil?” If you know the Word you will stay in truth.
People and teachers can make mistakes and offend others because it is not easy to control the tongue. James says if you could control your tongue you would be perfect and then you could control yourself in every way as well.
Learn from your mistakes and strive not to repeat them. Seek wisdom from God daily to aid in your progress, rather than striving for perfection. Giving your heart to God also means dedicating your time, effort, and patience to Him. Through consistent time spent with Him and applying His teachings to your life, you will experience personal growth and transformation." Remember that God is always with you, guiding and supporting you.
Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, guide me to speak words of victory over my life and not defeat. I know that Satan is defeated and I reject any and all attempts of attack on my life through the power of Jesus Christ. I declare an abundant life, joy, peace, healing, and strength today in Jesus name Amen!
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