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Our WORDS, like  a pine cone can do GREAT HARM to OTHERS... LET’S LEARN HOW TO DROP THEM QUICKLY before they can do damage!

Hello Readers and HAPPY Monday! 🙂
I have been successful for seven days on Weight Watchers. It can be difficult keeping track of everything that goes into our mouths. Better yet, the REAL challenge for us as Christians, may be what escapes out of our mouth due to what we are holding in our heart.
JAMES 3:2-6
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses ‘mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. (wherever the pilot desires)
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
What you say and what you don’t say are both important. Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time but controlling your desire to say what you shouldn’t.
James compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire-the tongue’s wickedness has its source in hell itself. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible harm. satan uses the tongue to divide people and pit them against one another. Idle words are damaging because they spread destruction quickly, and no one can stop the results once they are spoken.
A few words spoken in anger can destroy a relationship that took years to build. Before we speak, remember that words are like fire-you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do.
We can still learn enough control to reduce the damage “it” (gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattering, and lying) can do. It is better to fight a fire than to go around setting new ones!

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Before we speak, ask, “Is what I want to say true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Keeping track of everything that comes out of mouth is far more challenging to me than my Weight Watchers after all, and MORE important to the Father.

Let’s remember to ask ourselves the three questions listed above- today and every day! 🙂

Smiling through trials? Really James?

Hello and HAPPY Thursday!
So, where do we begin this evening? How about with an area that we all face, which is trials and temptations?
Have you ever wondered why James wrote to the Christians telling them to count it all joy when ye fall into various temptations? I think that its an area that we all struggle with, especially when we experience loss or hurt, or having to watch those that we love suffer from an illness or a painful situation.
Let us take a look at what James means, shall we?
In the book of James, he is writing to the persecuted Christians who were once part of the Jerusalem church. To the twelve tribes which were scattered aboard.
V2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers (various) temptations (trials or testing).
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work (full effect), that ye may be perfect and entire (mature and complete), wanting nothing.

Try making any sense out of that when you’re hurting and waiting for a breakthrough to come, right?
Hold on, take a look.
The word temptation as used here refers to trials or testing. It does not mean an enticement to do evil. While God tests us, he never provokes us to sin.
James doesn’t say if we face trails, but when we face them. He assumes we will have trials and that it is possible to profit from them. We are not required to pretend to be happy when we face pain, but to have a positive outlook because of the results trials will bring. James tells us that to turn our hardships into times of learning. Rough times can teach us patience.
We can’t really know the depth of our character until we see how we react under pressure. It is easy to be kind when everything is going well, but can we still be kind when others are treating us unfairly?
God desires to make us mature and complete (“perfect“), not to keep us from pain.
Instead of us complaining about our struggles, we should see them as opportunities for growth.
Thank God for promising to be with you in rough times. Ask Him to help you solve your problems or give you the strength to endure them.

We are told to be patient; God will not leave us alone with our problems; He will stay close by and help us grow.
We’ve heard it before, and it is hard but this is our instructions from Gods Word, and there isn’t anything else that’s going to compare to what He wants for us, which is for us to count it all joy!
So, remember as we are going through our hurts, waiting periods, and disappointments, God has a plan for our lives and knows why He allows what He allows.
So let’s do our absolute best to adjust our attitude and seek Him to help us in the midst of the trials.

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