Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
January 20, 2020
The Book of James – my humble translation and things to ponder
I am beginning 2021 with a 5-week journey discussing the writings of James – the man who grew up as the brother of Jesus. Can you even imagine being James?
As always, I will be providing my humble translation and some things to ponder.
3 The Untamable Tongue
1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus, no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
My Humble Translation:
In verses 1-12, James makes an incredible case for what we say to and about others, being able to destroy our entire lives. He uses many examples of how just a small part can control the whole – and in so doing lead us away from God and God’s commands.
Perhaps the most damning is that with the same mouth we bless God and curse each other – this is not acceptable if we believe that we have all been made in the image of God.
Is there a tougher thing to do than to hold our tongue? I think not.
As an example, for all those who have lived through a divorce, how many have said awful things about the one that they previously professed their love for?
We must be very slow to speak and if we can’t say anything good, say nothing at all.
Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
My Humble Translation:
In verses 13-18, James discusses the source of our wisdom – to whom do we attain it from? If self-centered so we can boast of it and our success – it is not from above. If it is from following the Word of God – being gentle, patient and full of mercy; that is the wisdom that God provides, asks us to display and then it is not possible to be any wiser.
If any of you are like me, then you have lived at least a portion of your life believing only in yourself and attributing all your wisdom and success to be of your own doing. Well for me, this led to a very turbulent life with multiple divorces and bankruptcy and the loss of a relationship with some of my own children.
Once I began to seek all of my wisdom from the Good Book and gave my life to the Lord, everything changed. I thank God for all things and take zero responsibility for my success and blessings. I would highly recommend this course of action.
One More Thought
The Hope Diamond of the Bible
Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Born again? You must be kidding. Put life in reverse? We can’t be born again!
Oh, but wouldn’t we like to? A try-again. A reload. How can this be?
Jesus answers in John 3:16, the hope diamond of the Bible.
“For God so loved the word that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
A twenty-six-word parade of hope!
If you know nothing in the Bible—start there.
If you know much about the Bible—return there!
He loves. He gave. We believe. We live!
That is Our Hope Diamond
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son. John 3:16
Lord God bring us to the point that we will live your Word, every day. Thank you, Lord, for giving us another day. Help us to live today like the gift that it is. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis & Max Lucado – with All the Glory to God