“If any many among you seems to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”
Brethren… be not many masters, for they shall receive the greater condemnation… For, in many things they are open too offend others. However, if a man offends not in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Behold, men bridle horses mouths, that they may obey; and we turn about there whole body. Ships, are driven by the wind yet, men turn them about with a very small helm. Even so is the tongue a little member in the body… that boasteth of great things.
The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity… with it man can defile the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature. The tongue is set on fire of hell. For, every sort of creature hath been tamed by man: but the tongue can no man tame… alone. It is unruly full of deadly poison.
Therewith we bless God and curse men made in the image of God. Out of the same mouth the tongue doth bless and curse. My brothers this ought not to be so. Can a fountain bring forth both sweet and bitter water? Can a fig tree bear olives or a vine, figs? Neither, should our tongue yield up both blessing and cursing…. from the same mouth.
He who is wise among ye let his conversation show forth his good works in meekness and love. But if ye have bitter strife and contention in thy heart be not proud.. glory not, and lie not against the Truth.
Where contention and strife exist every evil work resides… But wisdoms children are first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to approach, full of mercy and good fruit, they are without partiality, preferring the truth before their neighbor… without hypocrisy.
The fruit of the righteous is sown in peace… their tongue bearing witness of them that make peace. Amen.
(See: James 3:1-18)
Your Brother in Christ