Excellent post, thanks Paul!! Blessings!!
James 1:19-21 (AD 48)
[This and the next devotional are out of synch – for some reason I skipped James 1:19-27 as I went through the letter, so I’m returning only now to those verses.]
Before my time, it was common for parents to literally wash their children’s mouths out with soap as punishment for swearing or crude talk. I think if it was done to me, I would have regarded it more as a dare than a deterrent.
James didn’t say parents should do that, but here as in chapter 3, he was clear that the way we speak is enormously significant. His instruction echoed the words of Jesus and Paul:
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister, will be subject to judgment.” (Matthew 5:22)
“In your anger do not sin.” (Ephesians 4:26)
Being quick to speak is a short-cut to sinful…
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