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Ag In the Bible – Where Words Go

July 8, 2012

Some thoughts from James 3:2-12.

“We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”

The examples from agriculture are many in the Bible. What are your words? Are they guiding you as a horse’s bit? Words guide direction – choose it wisely.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2012 10:09 PM

    We have gopher snakes here in CA on our farm. We also have a corn snake that we got for our son’s Christmas present when he was 11 thinking it would die by the time he left for college since they have 8 year life expectancy in captivity. He’s 33 now (our son, that is). The snake may make the Guiness Book of World Records for longest living corn snake in captivity. His name is Checkers. Had to share that. 🙂

    • July 10, 2012 10:19 PM

      That’s awesome! Sounds like he’s gotten great care. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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