Wednesday, April 27, 2016

James, Day 3 Readings

Holding One's Tongue   

Today's reading offers a concrete approach to the issue of Christian wisdom.  The beginning of faithful wisdom is to understand the dangers of speaking: a wayward tongue can lead the speaker (and anyone who listens) astray.  So Christians must be careful about what they say at all times.

Further, they must make sure that when they do speak, they offer God's wisdom instead of the flawed wisdom of earth.  God's wisdom is gentle and generous, offering mercy and peace; earthly wisdom is selfish and ambitious -- and often envious of others.  Great good comes of sharing God's wisdom, while great damage comes from sharing earthly wisdom.

Read James 3:1-18  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read James 3 today.