KEY SCRIPTURE: James 3:2 KJV “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”
Apostle James shows us in the third chapter of the epistle of James about the great power of the tongue. Our key scripture shows us why many of us fail or fall short in a lot of things. It says if a man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, able also to bridle or control his whole body. What does this word mean? It simply means the man who talks rightly is able to control his body, so he will act rightly.
What do we see most people doing? People express their weakness and failure rather than what God says about them. There is a popular way most people express their weakness and shortcoming. They say we are men, made of flesh and blood, and so we would always make mistakes. If you speak this way, your words are imperfect, which would also produce imperfect actions. As children of God we have the nature of our Father, holy, kind and just. Our words must reflect the nature of our father. To be perfect in your words, you must say what the Bible says. What has God said about perfection? Mat 5:48 KJV “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”. How do you talk in in line with this scripture? You also say God commands me to be perfect and so I am perfect. Your actions may be wrong but don’t change your words. The scripture said, your right words would control your body and make your actions right.
Prov 15:4 KJV “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.” What is the meaning of this word wholesome.? Wholesome is the word ‘marpe’ in Hebrew. This word means medicine, healing, sound or curative. Right words will cure your bad habits. If you have a bad temper, don’t keep repeating, I have a bad temper. Rather say I have a calm temper and keep saying that about yourself. Speaking negatively is called a breach in the spirit and would make you continue in the negative tendencies. If you keep speaking in line with what the Bible says about you, you would soon realize your temper is very good. You would have control over your temper. It goes for all other habits as well.
The Bible says we must do all things without murmuring or complaining. Negative words create negative images within you, and would ultimately produce that kind of person that your words have created about yourself. You are a creation of your words. What kind of person is your word creating within you? Weak or strong personality. Say what the word says all the time. Tell yourself you are kind, you are righteous, you are anointed and you can easily forgive. If you keep talking like this you would be a perfect man according to James 3:2
I have a great life. I am in charge of my actions. I am kind, I am forgiving. I am holy. I treat all men with a great respect. I am prosperous in all that I do.
Philippians 2:14 KJV “Do all things without murmurings and disputings:”
James 3:5 KJV “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”