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Daily Devotional – January 17


A priest, a muslim, a liberal, and a conservative were talking one day, and one said…

You’re waiting for the joke, right? In today’s small world this is no fantasy set up for some humorous tale. It is the reality of the world wide web. Never in the history of the world has there been such a forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Never before has it been so easy for a priest, a muslim, a liberal and a conservative to sit down at the same table and share themselves.

It is a wondrous time, but also a time of great responsibility.

James 3 is ever applicable. It’s worth the few minutes it takes you or your blogger friends to read:

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 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. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is 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.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is , there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


January 17, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Beautiful, Jack. May we seek what God sends as we speak with such diverse members of humanity. May we discern the will of God, and simply shut up, when that is God’s will. May “we sow fruits of righteousness in peace.”

    Comment by helenl | January 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. I think James is probably my favorite epistle. I used to know the first chapter by heart, but I need a little help now to make it all the way through it. May God give us wisdom in what we say or do not say.

    Comment by writeathome | January 17, 2007 | Reply

  3. This post is actually near and dear to my heart recently. I have lately been burned by this smallest of destructive influence. It makes it even more difficult when it is family wielding the bit.

    We have a great responsibility to love our neighbor as ourselves. But we don’t have to agree or apologize with what is not right scripturally.


    Comment by Larry | January 17, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Helen, Carol and Larry!

    As my father, a sage old missionary, once said, “I would rather have a church full of adulterers than gossips.” He always had a blunt way of putting things. 🙂

    Lately the Berean has had visits from a priest, a muslim and liberal and a conservative–that was the motivation for the post, and the sobering reminder of the awesome responsibility each one of us have for what we say to others. Helen and Larry, you both are aware of my other ‘blog and it’s intended “tone”, but even there–with differing subject matter–I need to be careful.

    Carol, James is the first runner up to Philippians for me. I guess the reason is that every time I read it I get hit right between the ears. 🙂

    And, Larry, I agree 100%. I often struggle with the desire to “be right”, forgetting what the purpose of the truth is for.

    God bless!


    Comment by bereans | January 17, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hello, Jack.

    What a great post. Even one as old as I :)—one who should be rather wise by now—one who has been in the service of the King for many years—even such as I—sometimes allow a sharp and negative comment to pierce my heart.

    Even worse would be my allowing such words to slither from my mouth. God help me; I cannot do that.

    Blessings and joy!

    Shirley Buxton

    Comment by Shirley | January 17, 2007 | Reply

  6. Hi Shirley!

    I can identify–completely!


    Comment by bereans | January 18, 2007 | Reply

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