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Our greatest challenge

Our Greatest Challenge
 
  “If anyone does not stumble in what he says he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2).  According to this verse, the only obstacle to our reaching perfection is our TONGUE
    In James 3:6 the tongue is described as a “fire," “a world of iniquity," and then informs us that it “defiles the whole body;" that it “sets on fire the course of nature” and finally that it is “set on fire of hell."  Now, that should get our attention!
   It is of utmost importance that we bridle our tongueJames even tells us that an unbridled tongue makes our religion “vain." “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain” (James 1:26). 
    Of course, we know that our tongue merely expresses the contents of our heart. “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34). Jesus further tells us that “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart…” (Matthew 15:18). 
   Every time we open our mouth and speak we are revealing what is going on in our heart or mind. Therefore, let’s imitate the Psalmist and pray “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3).
   A sobering fact: We will not be able to control our tongue until we allow God to control our heart!
 -JS

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