Do you have good brakes?
Today in my Bible reading, I read the five chapters of the book of James.
The exhortations in this book are both relevant and indispensable for practical Christian living. One of the exhortations in this small book is about a very small member of our body: Our tongue.
James describes the tongue as “… a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:6
Look at what James says about the person that has good “brakes” on his tongue: James 3:2, “For in many things we offend all (*). If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”
(*We all stumble or trip, Adam Clarke Commentary)
This is the way it is translated to Portuguese: “For we all stumble in many things. If someone does not stumble in word, the same is perfect, and powerful also to refrain the whole body.”
So, if someone is able to “restrain” their own tongue, keeping it from stumbling in word, then that person is also capable to “refrain” “the whole body”;
To refrain their eyes from seeing what they should not see,
To refrain their ears from hearing what they should not hear,
To refrain their hands from touching what they should not touch,
To refrain their feet from going where they should not go,
To refrain their mind from thinking thoughts it should not think,
To refrain their flesh from falling into the trap of lust,
To refrain their mouth form eating too much…
(Now your meddling preacher… lol)
Ultimately, he who can “restrain his tongue” should be able also to “refrain the whole body.”
So I ask the question: “Do you have good brakes?”
January/February 2015 Prayer/Update Letter
3 years ago