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Today’s lesson in Sunday school class is one all of us probably struggle with. We need to learn to control your tongues and watch your words. The words you end up saying might end up being hurtful, sometimes it is probably best to just stay quiet.
Dear friends, today’s Christian life lesson is found in the book of James, Chapter 3, Verses 1 – 12; and let me tell you – I sat down and read the complete book of James this past week – There is some great stuff in there! I also advise you all to read all the books the Apostle Paul wrote as well: Romans, Acts, Philippians, Ephesians, etc. Such great things to learn can be found in those books as well! Remember Philippians 4:13 “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENS ME!”
“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth, and a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.”
Today in Sunday school we learned to be more welcoming to people at church and less judgemental. This is a major issue I have, and I think it’s out of fear of how people I don’t know might think of me, so I just simply don’t do it. Last week, one person got baptized and another came forward and wanted to join the church. I sat in the pew waiting for the line to die down to shake the hands of those that just joined, but stupid me never got in line to shake their hands. I felt fearful. After today’s sunday school lesson, God laid it on my heart. I felt I need to try and be more friendlier with those I do not know. So when a family of 4 presented thereselves to join today, and another baptism was done – I got in line to shake there hands and welcome them. There was no feelings of fear whatsoever. God has uplifted that fear from me.
Read James 2:1-13. It is some great words to live by – that can help you anywhere. Not just for meeting people at church, but anywhere you go. Be more welcoming to people and less judgemental.
“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, ‘You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor” – well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgements are guided by evil motives? Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Arent they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures. ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, ‘You must not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘You must not murder.’ So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law. So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.”
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