July 19, 2018: SOAP #3150: 2Kings 17; 2Chronicles 28; Psalm 46; James 3
Scripture: James (NIV) 3:1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
Observation: When I came to this passage, I had to smile. How clearly verse 2 has been demonstrated in President Trump’s recent press conference where he misspoke. What a storm the news media has made of his mistake! Obviously, our President is not perfect, which should not be a surprise to anyone. He needs our prayers.
The first verse speaks of the responsibility of teachers who mold the minds of our youth. What they teach will be lived out in the lives of their students. Perhaps the same strictness will be reserved for all who work to mold the thinking of others. That would include pastors. It would also include the news media.
Application: Having more years of living experience, and more knowledge than when I was younger, I tend to think a little more before speaking. Reviewing what I am about to say with what I know about God can keep me from misspeaking. Allowing time for the Holy Spirit to give me the “go ahead” or “not now” keeps me from a lot of trouble.
Knowing that I am not perfect, I need to be quick to acknowledge when I have misspoken and apologize.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, as David prayed, “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 143:3) Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!