Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"...Don’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends..."

"Don’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards. And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life." James 3:1-2 The Message

Well, how about that for a start to morning devotions?  Thanks James you really know how to give out the kudos. I kept reading and it seemed to get worse!  He spends the next series of verses 3-12 talking about how untamable our tongue can be. How horribly bad our words can hurt sometimes.  But then came verse 13 here's what he said; "Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts." Ok, yeah I want that type of life!  I want to be wise and not mess everything up with my words!  James isn't done making his point though, verses 14-16 he elaborates on how devastating it can be when words and actions don't match. 

By this point I have mixed feelings about James chapter 3 at least until the end.  He summarizes with a promise in verse 17-18, "Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor." 

WE CAN BE A COMMUNITY OF GRACE! It will take work but if we realize how untamable our tongue is then can we also realize that others have the same problem? Realizing the situation we all deal with can we expect grace if we don't offer grace?  Yes, I'm a teacher and according to James I'm held to a high standard.  But I am also a sinner covered in the grace of Jesus Christ so there is hope for me and my students!  Welcome brothers and sisters to the community of grace!

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