Monday, October 3, 2011
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.
Today’s passage starts out with James calling his audience, “my bretheren”…my brothers. James may have known some of the people who would read this specifically, and wanted to use this term to soften the blow of what he is about to say. James tells them essentially not to just let anyone teach God’s Word. The word “masters” here speaks of being teachers of the Word of God. Those who speak on behalf of God, and teach people God’s Word will be responsible for what they teach, and will be held in account for it.
James then goes on to say that we often sin against each other. He then goes on to basically say that if you don’t sin with your mouth then you may not be sinning. This isn’t to say that there are people (other than Jesus) that do not sin. He is making the point that the easiest way to sin against someone is probably with our words.
Over the next few days we’ll be talking about how our words can cause us to sin against God and those around us. Pay special attention over the next few days to the words that you say to those around you. Are they bringing life or death? Are they uplifting, or do they cause discouragement?