This week’s study in James chapter 3 was hard for me. It really points out so many flaws that I have. I am a woman of many words and Proverbs 10:19 says “When words are many, sin is not absent. But he who holds his tongue is wise.”
James 3 says that NO man can tame the tongue. It is filled with deadly poison.
I long to be a woman who is filled with life giving words. Who is filled with grace and mercy. But the reality is – I stumble in many ways (3:2). And when I stumble, it brings pain to others and to my own soul. I long to be free of this problem in my life – to be so full of wisdom and self-control that I never ever stumble again!
But let me be honest, I have stumbled in my own GMG group. Last summer I had to send an apology email to the entire group. SO embarrassing! I urge you to be very careful with your words in your groups. Pray before you send your emails that God would show you if anything in your email could hurt another. Filter your words with love and grace. Be forgiving (as my girls were) when one of the girls acts immaturely. Pursue unity.
I made a video last summer about this very passage of James and included my children. Let’s teach our children while they are young the power of words. It will save them a lot of heartache and produce a generation of children who are world changers for Jesus!
Walk with the King!
Courtney, Women Living Well