​​​​Weekly Encouragement
​from Pastor Jeremy

Today's final thought comes from James 3:7-10. 

It says,

“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

Chapter 3 starts with talking about our words.  The previous chapter addresses our actions and words working together and chapter 3 comes back to our words specifically.  These few verses remind us that our tongue can be deadly if we are not careful.  We can bless and praise God and then turn and hurt our brothers and sisters who are made in His likeness!  This should not be!  Let us use our words to build one another up and not tear down.  A good question I like to remind myself of is this prior question of trust:  Is what I'm about to say going to build or destroy trust with someone.  If it is going to destroy I need to rethink what I'm about to say and how I am going to say it.  This should take us back to the passage earlier in James that says all of us need to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.  I pray that the words I use this week will be uplifting to both God and others!

Again, if you are looking for a good book of the Bible to study I want to encourage you to read through the book of James.  Also, if you would like a copy of our study I would love to get you one!

I'm praying for you today!  Have a great week of ministry!

Keeping Christ First,

Pastor Jeremy​​​

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