James 1:26

Before anything do me a favor and go read White Ricks post from James 1:25…it is the 4th comment down…He has two so dont forget to scroll down to his second one.

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. NIV

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.  NLT

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air.  The Message

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.  NKJV

8 responses to “James 1:26

  1. the way we talk,act and carry ourselves is what reflects who we are and who we represent(christ)but if we do not catch a hold of that pink tornado(tongue) it will destroy you and anyone affected by it, then who we say we represent is being represented for who he really is as in the term “what would jesus do”? well jesus has control and we need to learn to tame our tongue!

  2. Last week Ronnie and I were visiting my parents in Georgia. He made a comment about the number of churches in our town. There is literally almost a church on every corner. Almost every road is named after a church, and I would say about 96 percent of the population attends church. It seems like this would be a great indicator that a town is spiritually healthy however the sad truth is that the town is dead. It is infested with drugs, adultry, lies, gossip, and perversion. Church to these people is a tradition. Something you do on Sunday and Wednesday nights and then bring home and put up on the shelf. Church is not a lifestyle, it is not a relationship, or even a sign of commitment to Christ. This scripture that we are studying today is saying that if you want a real relationship with Christ you have to make it more than a tradition. Church can not be something you do it has to be the one thing that defines you. Christ has to be first…until He is nothing is real. Until He is you are just playing dress up. When will you fill the shoes your wearing?

  3. If we try to act like we’re religios and do everything we can to look like we’re “Christians”, but all we do is cut people down with our words and never encourage others, not “speak life” into them and their walk, we’re useless. On the same note, if we talk a good game and tell everyone about our faith and preach at people, but we don’t go to the places and do the things that Christians are suppsed to, or if we do things and go places that we don’t need to be, we’re equally as useless. There has to be a balance in your life of professing Christ with your mouth and honoring Him with your actions.

  4. And Amy’s post wasn’t up when i started typing, so i want to comment on her last sentence : “When will you fill the shoes you’re wearing?” Ever seen a little kid trying to walk in their parents’ shoes? Floundering around, almost tripping with every step? Is that the kind of Christian you want to be? The one that can’t stand on their own two feet? That constantly has to have people reaching out to steady them? Either grow up enough to fill the shoes you’re in, or reconsider and find a smaller pair of shoes that fit. Just remember that sometimes the smaller pair of shoes isn’t the cop-out, it’s the right choice. 😀

  5. thers a saying…what you eat is what you are…this is kinda like what you say is what you are…you cant go around and slam all the people around you and then turn back around and say that you are very religous and all that…thats like stabbing someone and then looking at them and saying that you didnt do it…its just ridiculous to believe somebody that talks a load of bull but then wants to tell you about there wonderful relationship with God and how spiritual they are

  6. Gotta love the Message version of this scripture, those that talk a good game…MMMMMMMHHHMMMMM how many COFY members talk a good game…They raise their hands at worship, they bring a bible, they attend all youth services they look the part, they play the game but what they do outside the eyes of the “church” is a totally different game….Then they say its only Hot Air…ever had someone that you were talking to and they breathed real heavy in your face…pretty annoying isnt it…That hot stanky breath…not only does it stink but you really want to get in the shower or at least wash your face after talking to them cuz their breath was all over you…Thats exactly how God feels about those that just talk the game and dont put on the pads…Lets stop the meaningless chit-chat, and lets play some ball

  7. The first phrase: If any among you seem to be religious, is really cool. This phrase applies internally and externally. If you see someone and think that are super-religious, or if you look at yourself and think that you have it all together.

    If you don’t control your tongue….This means two things. 1) You boast of the things that seem to make you religious. Things done for the kingdom need no repeating or explaining on earth. If you look for your reward on earth, you may get it, but you forfeit the eternal one in Heaven. 2) The classic explanation: gossip and backstabbing. Several years ago God really began to convict me about gossipping or even being around people that gossip. But it is so hard to overcome. We gossip because we think we are better than others, because we want to bring people down, or to impress people with what we know. All three are problems of pride and sin. And according to James, all our ministry is in vain.

    I really love how PK emphasizes speaking life. That is so true about how we should walk. The Bible says that a single fountain can’t produce sweet water and bitter. Your tongue is either being used to murder your fellow COFY members or to speak life into them.

    I challenge you guys. If you hear me gossipping or speaking about someone else, call me out in a respectful way. Hold me accountable. Say, “Didn’t God tell you to stop that?” You may receive a “JUDO SHOE!” for your efforts, but you will help me to bridle my tongue and make my work count for the Kingdom.

  8. Prov 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” So if we dont learn to control our tongues then we just cut down our own testimony over and over again, until it would be better for people not to think that we have a relationship with Christ. I know that this is something that I have personally seen in my own life, that a careless comment, even something that might not on its own be really bad, has caused someone to revise their opinion of me, and then of the faith and relationship that I say I possess. When I get to heaven, I am going to realize even more wasted opportunities and offenses. Lord, please, help me control my tongue.

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