These Things Ought Not To Be So

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James 3: 9-11 NIVWith the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”

When the opportunity presents itself, I frequent a fair amount of Christian blogs and it is bothersome to me, at times, to see the variety of information that is presented on some of the blogs. People who advocate that they are Christians and infilled with the Holy Spirit, quoting Scripture on one page of their blog and then advocating that someone is the anti-Christ on another with all kinds of horrible accusations being voiced. And it doesn’t stop there, I also see God fearing and sincere Christians continually voicing the wounds that they have and are still suffering in and from, being articulated as “before” and “after”, when the “after” clearly hasn’t happened yet. Fortunately these Christian blogs are in the minority and there are many more that offer and show Christian love and maturity and encouragement that is beneficial for the whole Christian body.

And I can’t hold myself up as any shining example of how we ought to control the words that flow from our mouths because I also have been known to utter words that are disparaging about others that I infrequently come in contact with. It is so easy to jump onto the band wagon and repeat negative things that someone else says about someone else, especially if they have a tendency to be true.  The mouth is indeed a difficult member to control and anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t really tried to stem the flow.

King David in Psalm 19:14 NIV uttered a prayer that is close to my heart. It reads “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Who wouldn’t want to join David in that thought and prayer? But when I think of this ideal, I almost immediately am aware of my need to be joined in Spirit with my Saviour, every minute of every hour of every day, because my natural inclination, my humanistic fleshly residue, hasn’t completely gone yet and it raises it’s ugly little head more often than I would like to acknowledge. I have a sneaky suspicion that some of the joy that we will experience when we are with God in heaven, will be due to this “residue” being totally gone and I quite frankly, am looking forward to that. I’m not really that keen over some of the characteristics that I see within myself.

I’ve had a difficult time with controlling my thoughts and words about President Trump in the USA, and trying to understand how Christians that I respect, could be advocates of his Presidency. The lesser of two evils comes to mind but I’m thinking that that is probably an over simplification on my part. One of my sons who is not a Christian, thinks that President Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread and I marvel that his mother and I are partially responsible for his existence (key word being partial) and that he is related to us.

Short story, from my perspective, is that we are all different, all unique and all of our life experiences, combined with the genetic roll of the dice, produces reasonings in one person that another may find difficult to comprehend, and that of course, includes myself. I obviously need to be much more tolerant than I sometimes am and seriously consider the guidance of God’s Word where we are told in Philippians 2:3 NIV to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,…..”

Now if you think guarding your mouth is difficult, try giving “valuing others above yourself” a serious shot.

Just because we have God’s Holy Spirit within us doesn’t necessitate that any of us consistently follows His guidance 100% of the time. Personally, I wouldn’t want to know my exact ratio on a daily basis but I strongly suspect that it is much lower than 100%. And unless you are aware of something that I don’t know, I’m pretty sure that we’re all in the same boat on this one. I know what God’s Holy Spirit can do within me and through me when He wants to, and I am positively responsive, and I am also acutely aware of how my earthly flesh can seemingly take on a life of it’s own without too much prompting, if left unchecked. It’s really not that hard to ask God in prayer to be merciful and seriously mean it.

Kind of puts a whole new meaning to what Jesus said in John 15:5 NIV where He says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

It’s funny how on some days I really think that I am seriously beginning to understand the heart and mind of God and then He shows me something that makes me realize that the journey of which I am on has only barely just begun. He is a wonderful God and I love Him. I am His and He is mine. I am on the journey that He has graciously set my feet to and He has promised me that He will bring that which He has started in me, to completion (Philippians 1:6). Everything else is gravy.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 6 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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8 comments on “These Things Ought Not To Be So
  1. bcparkison says:

    But you can’t except that God is using Mr Trump for his glory.

    • Bruce says:

      Hi Beverly, is that a question? Is or can God use Trump for His purposes, obviously He can, I just have a difficult time with President Trump as a man. Hope that answers your question!

  2. Pete says:

    President Trump, to me, is an enigma. If he could just learn to control his tongue and his twitter finger, most would regard him as a great president for all he is accomplishing. But the negative effect of his personality is what people see and hear. Only time will tell if he will ever “get it” and just let his actions talk instead of his words.

  3. Will be back to read this tomorrow; right now, I’m on a blogging “mission.” 😉 I think your blog is so fantastic that I’m passing an award onto you… here… http://throughinkandimage.com/2018/02/05/honored-by-the-blogging-community/ You can skim to the bottom of the post for the proper etiquette for accepting the award. 🙂

  4. The observation is right. We claim we are Christians and spirit-filled, but sometimes our words point otherwise.

    I believe Psalm 19:14 which you quoted gives us some solutions: if our heart meditations are right, the words from mouths will be right too…

    Our maturity as Christians should reflect in the things we say. As James 3:2 says, “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is mature, able also to control the whole body.”

  5. We’ve all got a long way to go Bruce, that much is sure. But I think as you bring out self-control is one thing most of us really need to work on!

  6. This post is profound in its authenticity and in its discussion of what on the surface seems a simple principle of Scripture. But as you so wisely point out, the acknowledgment of God’s principle is so much easier than the application of it. And as Pete so clearly points out, Trump is certainly one who has not mastered the control of his words. Sigh.

    Self-control and self-discipline are truly the fruit of the Spirit… for as James pointed out in his New Testament epistle, no one (except Christ) has ever been able to control the tongue. And our growth in this regard must definitely be ongoing while we walk on this side of eternity.

    I so relate to what you said about it being a relief to one day be in heaven and no longer need to struggle against my flesh. What a wonderful thing it will be to be finally made perfect and complete before God! Thank you for this wonderful post, Bruce!

  7. Hi Bruce,

    I take no notice of politics anymore (not that I ever took much notice, if I am honest). I feel that there is no doubt so much wickedness and so much power behind the people in certain political positions that there is no way to really know what they are up to. I have decided it is better use of my time to dig deeper into my Bible.

    I agree with you that it can be difficult, rocky road, growing in holiness regarding our manner of speech. I wrote on my blog, “We can use our tongues and thus our speech, to do so much good in the world or we can use it to be “a friend of the world” and thus an enemy of God and cause harm. This is a moment by moment decision, but we know that as we turn our hearts and lives more and more over to the Lord, then we are more likely to speak from His heart too.”

    It is an area that we need to pray for God’s help with. Should you wish, you can check out my little musing on the matter at:- https://grainofwheatblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/taming-the-tongue/

    Re bloggers not “taming their tongue/pen”, I would be discerning and not go to the bloggers who are demonstrating unholy fruit in such a manner. Jesus told us that we would know His followers by their fruit. He gives us His wisdom and discernment and free choice.

    God bless,
    Helen

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