“Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tame by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue.” ~James 3:5-8
I have noticed a shortcoming in myself lately. I don’t say very nice things about people. I notice more and more how many negative things come out of my mouth in a day, either about situations or people. Either way, it’s not ok. This particular chapter in James goes on to talk about seeking wisdom, pure heavenly wisdom, and not settling for earthly, unspiritual wisdom. With this earthly false wisdom we get judgmental statements coming out of our mouths. Oh how much of the world I need to shed from my heart!!!
I don’t even have much to say on the topic. I don’t yet know how to curb it; things are often out of my mouth before I even realize it. I don’t know what I need to shed, or what exactly I need to fix. I do know that if I were living as a citizen of Heaven, truly, my tongue would be saying much different things. And I know that my words reflect my heart. So Jesus, help me give my heart to You!!!!
Today, Jesus, I just ask that you refine this in me. Help me shed the world that still exists in me. Guide me to Your heavenly, peaceful wisdom, to a place where I’m looking and seeing and reacting with Your heart. Guide me to a spiritual place where I have more of you than the world inside of me. Jesus, show me how to lay these things down. I don’t know what earthly things I’m still harboring, God, so shine the light in my heart. Hold up your mirror and guide me to submission. Jesus bless me with Your wisdom. I love You and I want so much more of You inside of me. I can’t be Your vessel when my earthly judgement is poking my heart full of holes and hidden places. So Jesus I pray for the perfect light of Your wisdom, that I may shed these things once and for all. Thank You God for the work you’ve done and will do in my heart.