James 3

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read   James 3

Taming the tongue and wisdom

James writes two besetting sins of the teachers— intemperate speech (1-12), and arrogance (13-18).

Taming the tongue is his instruction. “everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speaking and slow to become angry.” (1:19). It is the way how to keep oneself from stumbling in speech.

True wisdom is not human achievement, but is from God and it reveals itself in a good life— pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, good fruit, impartiality and sincerity.

King Solomon asked God for wisdom to govern his kingdom, “give your servant listening heart to govern your people.” (1 Kings 3:9). He was known as a king of wisdom, and his wisdom came from his listening heart.

A joke is told that why did God make two  ears but one mouth. Because God made us to listen more than to speak.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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