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GOOD THINGS FROM ABOVE

JAMES 3:1-18


1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2 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.

3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and aredriven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 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.

7 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:

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13 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.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 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.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Brothers, all good things come from above. Verse 17 tells us that wisdom comes from God, and that it is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be intreated (received), full of mercy, good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

God is not the author of confusion, but rather the world promotes confusion, envying, strife, and every evil work. We are told in verse 8 above that no man can tame our wicked tongue. That it is a little member of our body, but just as the bit can turn the horse, so to can the helm turn the mighty ship.

Even though man can not control the tongue we who know God can by the help of his holy Spirit, which lives inside each of us who know Jesus, can receive help from above. In this way we can be prompted by God before we allow ourselves to speak wicked and vial things about or too our fellow man.

Brothers please think before you speak.

God bless you my brothers.

John Hipp 
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