Tongues…Rejoice

My Friends, James 3 has been a passage of scripture that has been heavy upon my heart for the past few days and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  In chapter 3, James is addressing “Taming the Tongue,” the can tongue can heal as well as destroy, being smooth, sharp and quicker than a double-edged sword.  Our words are so powerful and we often do not realize the strength they contain.  I have been and continue to use words that hurt people in my life I truly love and cherish; however this also means those individuals I struggle with are often treated worse.  I have noticed that especially during times of distress, disappointments and personal critiques (viewed as attacks by me) that my defense is retaliation, I am NOT advocating this!  Daily, we must fight to control our words/tongue.  I like the New International Version of James 3:3-6; the writer describes the mighty power of something so very small in comparison to the whole body that can cause such havoc upon others. 

 “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” 

I was reminded of the complexity of our words during worship this past Sunday, although the sermon scripture used was Luke 15, and entitled “Lost and Found,” God was still speaking to me in reference to James 3.  The Pastor challenged the congregation to “Rejoice!”  Rejoice when sinners are saved; rejoice when someone lost returns and to find the person(s) in our lives that it is difficult to love then find a way to love them, perhaps in spite of not liking them and rejoice!  Praising God for His steadfast unconditional of love He has for everyone.  The message I received from that challenge was very clear, I need to find a way to interact with the people in my life that present difficulties for me, find a way to love them even though they are at times very difficult to like.  God commands us to love one another, not necessarily like everyone.  I say this not out of malice but out of truth, not everyone likes everybody…but isn’t that’s what makes us so very unique and individual.  Each of us was created by God, in the image of God, to glorify God and each with a specific purpose.  Praise be to God!  

 This photo was used during communion and I loved it and wanted to share it with you.

abstract Last Supper

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Closing Thoughts:

Emotional Stimulus for the Today’s Economy

As we all look to the future it can be easy to fall into a sea of depravity, staying positive with constant negativity circling us can be a difficult task even for the most positive of individuals.  I have found the following insights to be very therapeutic during these turbulent times.  I hope that you can utilize at least one of the following to lighten your outlook.      

~Peace, Charlotte March 6, 2009 @ 3:08am

 F    R    E    E

Focus, Refresh, Everyone, Everyday!

 Free Things to be the Best you can be:

Time – spending it with family, friends, partners and lovers.

Reading – books, magazines, anything

Dancing – public or at home

Smiling – spread freely

Hugs – spread freely

Planning – Visionary, dreamer

Talking – sharing with others

Listening – to others

Praying – thankfulness for blessing

Singing – public or at home

Volunteerism – anywhere

Library cards – only need a form of ID

Church – of your choosing

Church activities – classes, discussions, events, festivals

Contrasts that Provide a Path to Appreciation:

Worthless to worthiness                    Rain to sun

Cold to hot                                            Winter to summer

Love to loss                                           A little to abundance

Failure to success                                Poor to rich

Old/aged/new                                      Dim/tarnished/bright

Night to-day                                          Sorrow to joy

True value is determined only by the depth of its loss.

Diamonds must be cut for their true beauty to be revealed.

Gold’s beauty and brilliance visible only after great heat and pressure.

References:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+3&version=NIV

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15&version=NIV

http://www.bookofjames.info/3.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_the_Just

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