If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his heart,
this person's religion is worthless.
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Websters 1828 definition of religion
James is not suggesting that we say nothing...
he mentions our hearts, and that they must be worthy.
He doesn't say we must stop our tongues.
He says we must bridle them, and a bridle controls, or steers...directs.
And, in order to direct our tongues, we must engage our thoughts,
and in order to engage our thoughts, we must understand where our hearts are.
Let's face it, we are crafty individuals, and are able to deceive our hearts
into believing a great many things that are not religious...that are worthless.
I know there are days I try and I try to justify or excuse my words
or my thoughts, or even my own heart on a subject.
I spin things every which way but loose trying to make things work my way...
But, in the end, I must fall to my knees, and direct my thoughts and steer my words
to the way that Jesus teaches.
Create in me a clean heart, Oh God
and renew a right spirit within me.
This is so good and so true!ReplyDelete
That is positively lovely! I am so glad to think these thoughts with you.ReplyDelete
You've given us quite a mouthful to chew on here! Our tongues are so small, yet capable of doing so much harm. It's so much easier to control my eyes, my ears, my hands and my feet than it is to control my tongue. I need His daily help with this enormous task!ReplyDelete
Oh what a good one to share. Glad you explained it very well because when first read, I admit, I was confused. God works with me on this almost daily as I try not to say things that will contribute or start thoughts with others that might not be correct. Sometimes my mouth opens and words come out before I think so he is teaching me better to think before I speak. That was one thing one of my parents use to say, but I attributed it to just being a kid and they didn't want me to speak, but God in his wisdom had James share it so much better. :)ReplyDelete
Loved your insights on this verse from James and how you broke it down to the "heart of the matter". Pun intended. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
Sometimes t'shard to keep it shut, but I believe God honors it when we do.ReplyDelete