“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Isaiah 29-31 and James 1.
Of course, I’m religious!
I go to church, Bible studies, and all other good Godly things.
Today’s verse is tough on us religious folks. Here we have defined what worthless religion looks like and what religion that is worthy looks like.
Sadly, I find my religion far too often to be worthless, based on today’s definition.
My words are too often sharp and tough. I speak and then regret. I joke and hurt someone’s feeling. It’s not good.
My words are to be a gift to the one I’m speaking to. They are to be pleased by what I say, not turned off.
I must remember that I am responsible for the words I use. I put them out there. O that I could have a “pause” button. However, I do if I am tight with God. I do if I am connected to Him without ceasing. I do if I pray before I converse, asking Him for His Words not mine.
“Lord, I need You every second. The looser I get the more trouble, especially verbally, I fall into. Take me over right now. I want to use only Your Words. Prick my conscience when I mess up. I love You, Father.”
Do your words make your religion worthless? Mine do.