Humans have control over every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have controlled all these things. But no one can control the tongue. It is wild and evil, full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people who were created in God’s likeness. These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good water and bad water flow from the same spring? Of course not. (James 3:7-11 ERV)
How many times has this scripture been misquoted I wonder? I am so amazed by God and how he reveals himself to me. Just recently I posted about words and my struggle with cursing and this scripture came to mind as I asked God for forgiveness. This morning as I read it I realized, God is telling me don’t use the same mouth to worship him and then curse others for what they do. Hangs head in shame. I’m worried about a curse word and unbothered about judging people for the way they sin differently.
All have sinned and are not good enough to share God’s divine greatness. They are made right with God by his grace. This is a free gift. They are made right with God by being made free from sin through Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23-24 ERV)l
Your love must be real. Hate what is evil. Do only what is good. Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself. (Romans 12:9-10 ERV)
What I’m understanding is love each other for real. Be understanding and patient as our brothers and sisters struggle through. If you’ve gotten IT, and your perfect praise God, but all of us are not there yet, but that does not mean we don’t love God and aren’t willing to serve him. It means we are serving through our pain and sin, we are trusting that there is light even though we are still in darkness. It means we are trusting that there is hope even when we feel hopeless. So no condemnation …
So now anyone who is in Christ Jesus is not judged guilty. That is because in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free. It made you free from the law that brings sin and death. The law was without power because it was made weak by our sinful selves. But God did what the law could not do: He sent his own Son to earth with the same human life that everyone else uses for sin. God sent him to be an offering to pay for sin. So God used a human life to destroy sin. He did this so that we could be right just as the law said we must be. Now we don’t live following our sinful selves. We live following the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4 ERV)