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12/7 James 2-4

The book of James continues with good instruction for us all.  Instruction on not showing favoritism.  The instruction on faith without deeds in verse 14 of chapter 2 is very strong.  14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? But probably the most difficult instruction is in chapter 3.  Watching what we say.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Probably the best description of what comes out of our mouths, comes at the end of verse 8, ” full of deadly poison.” How many times have we said something to someone we love only to wound them deeply?  If we could just remain in control of our words for one more second, pause and think before we speak, how much better life would be for us and those that we hurt.  Not only words but looks.  You know that disapproving glance or the disgusted glare we give them, that they so easily understand.  It hurts just the same.  Many times we strike out of our own personal frustration, it’s usually not even their fault.

Many times we realize to late what we have done and ask for forgiveness.  Usually it is given, but the memory is there, it doesn’t go away.  You can never take it back.  Control is the key, though it is certainly difficult for us all.  With God’s help we can overcome.

Harsh Words by Danielle Hollister

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,

“Oh excuse me please” was my reply.

He said, “Please excuse me too;
I wasn’t watching for you.”

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way saying good-bye.

But at home a difference is told,
how we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

As I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
“Move out of the way,” I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God’s still small voice came to me and said,

“While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
But the children you love, you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You’ll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
and you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.”

By this time, I felt very small,
and now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
“Wake up, little one, wake up,” I said. ”

Are these the flowers you picked for me?”
He smiled, “I found ’em, out by the tree.

I picked ’em because they’re pretty like you.
I knew you’d like ’em, especially the blue.”

I said, “Son, I’m very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way.”

He said, “Oh, Mom, that’s okay. I love you anyway.”
I said, “Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.”

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December 7, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Boy, I love this story, how true it can be. We are all busy and at times react poorly. Pausing to think, before we speak or react seems so easy but at times so hard to do.

    I think our loved ones will be more forgiving, but it doesn’t hurt any less when we hurt them. But others that we work with or interact with can leave those ugly scars that only time can heal, I really try so hard to avoid those situations but again not always so easy.

    Another reason to pray for the strength to do the things like Jesus would and let him help you overcome.

    Comment by Bob Rawlins | December 8, 2009 | Reply


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