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TAKING OFF THE MASK

April 22, 2015

Wednesday

 

James 1:26 

 

If any man among you seems to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

 

 

LESSON

 

“Religious” describes someone who fears or worships God. In particular, it refers to the outward consequences of what one believes, rather than to what he believes, or the fact that he believes deeply. The Jews, who were James’ original readers, typically regarded alms-giving, prayer, fasting, regular attendance at worship services, and the observance of holy days and feasts—as signs of true spirituality. However, James said a better test of spirituality was a person’s control of his or her “tongue”.

The world tells us that gossip is harmless but this is not what God tells us. Christianity is rooted in moving outside of ourselves – to the oppressed and the powerless. If we are going to go where God desires we will need to move outside of ourselves and move into the lives of others. As Christians we all fail at times. May of us may say things we should not and sometimes we do. But are our tongues out of control. Or are they controlled by Holy Spirit?

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:11

 

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