The Meanest Member in Our Church
Thank you, brother Gilbert, would you take your bibles please now, and turn to James chapter three as we continue our journey with James. He has left us bruised and bleeding but blessed. And I want to read the first twelve verses of chapter three. James chapter three.
"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation." That is, don't just jump up and profess to be a religious teacher because one day what you teach is going to come under the close scrutiny of the judgment of God.
"For in many things we offend all. If anyman offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us and we turn about their whole body. Behold, also the ships which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about by a very small helm," or rudder, "withersoever the governor listeth." That means whereeverthe captain wants the ship to go. "Even so the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. And every kind of beasts, and of birds and of serpents and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the father; and there with curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing, my brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh."
I want to speak this mornin ...
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