James Chapter 3
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Cautions against proud behaviour, and the mischief of an unruly tongue. (1-12) The excellence of heavenly wisdom, in opposition to that which is worldly. (13-18)1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men's tongues are employed in sinful ways, they are set on fire of hell. No man can tame the tongue without Divine grace and assistance. The apostle does not represent it as impossible, but as extremely difficult. Other sins decay with age, this many times gets worse; we grow more froward and fretful, as natural strength decays, and the days come on in which we have no pleasure. When other sins are tamed and subdued by the infirmities of age, the spirit often grows more tart, nature being drawn down to the dregs, and the words used become more passionate. That man's tongue confutes itself, which at one time pretends to adore the perfections of God, and to refer all things to him; and at another time condemns even good men, if they do not use the same words and expressions. True religion will not admit of contradictions: how many sins would be prevented, if men would always be consistent! Pious and edifying language is the genuine produce of a sanctified heart; and none who understand Christianity, expect to hear curses, lies, boastings, and revilings from a true believer's mouth, any more than they look for the fruit of one tree from another. But facts prove that more professors succeed in bridling their senses and appetites, than in duly restraining their tongues. Then, depending on Divine grace, let us take heed to bless and curse not; and let us aim to be consistent in our words and actions.
13-18 These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well. True wisdom may be know by the meekness of the spirit and temper. Those who live in malice, envy, and contention, live in confusion; and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. Such wisdom comes not down from above, but springs up from earthly principles, acts on earthly motives, and is intent on serving earthly purposes. Those who are lifted up with such wisdom, described by the apostle James, is near to the Christian love, described by the apostle Paul; and both are so described that every man may fully prove the reality of his attainments in them. It has no disguise or deceit. It cannot fall in with those managements the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere, and open, and steady, and uniform, and consistent with itself. May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Lot Kaduma's James Chapter 3 comment on 11/22/2014, 12:35am...
The words pierce deep into the core of the heart, and thus, exposes to us the magnitude of responsibility shouldered on anyone who preaches the Word of God, as such, greater responsibility demands greater accountability. This is why we should always seek the Grace of God 's protection in order to continue living a life of purity ... May the Lord Almighty continue to bless and keep us safe in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior Amen .
Baraka mollel's James Chapter 3 comment on 11/05/2014, 7:31am...
In 3 18,this means that there can 't be peace somewhere unless the fruit of righteousness is sown there and this is only possible through people who want peace to reign in the world
Geraldine cole's James Chapter 3 comment on 10/26/2014, 4:32am...
Man offend not in word is a perfect man means when u are a child of God u are careful what comes out of your mouth If u know God u would not go around offending people some people don 't care what they say if it comes to their minds they will speak it u must remember the tongue is deadly it can speak nasty, bitter things so when u pray and think before u speak God will tell u what to speak God can see what we cannot at all time.remember sometime the devil speaks though people.he can only live in a body where there is NO God or holy Ghost because the devil is a Spirit going to and forth in the airway to see who body he can live in make sure he is not living in your body choose Jesus Christ he died so u could have life.That Real true love
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