Tuesday, October 14, 2008

James 3 Video

I saw an interesting video this morning, produced by Desiring God, a great ministry that I've been influenced by a great deal. Here it is:

The title is "James 3." James 3:6-11 says:
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

This video does a great job of showing how "two-faced" we can be as Christians...using our tongues to hurt and cut down our family members, then using that same voice to sing praises to our great God. This might be common in families today, and some might look at the video and laugh; but this should not be taking place in our homes, period. We can pretend to be peaceable and encouraging with our church family on Sundays, but if the rest of our week--with our real family--is spent complaining, arguing, and disrespecting each other, that reveals the true condition of our hearts. We might fool our brothers and sisters at church, but we do not fool our families who see us day to day. And we certainly do not fool our Father in heaven who sees all things!

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