Today’s reading is from the book of James, chapter 3, verses 7 through 11. I wonder what the Holy Spirit might want to show me about self-control? Do any words or phrases capture my attention, or my heart?
7 People have tamed all kinds of wild animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures. And they still tame them. 8 But no one can tame the tongue. It is an evil thing that never rests. It is full of deadly poison. 9 With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. With our tongues we curse people. We do it even though people have been created to be like God. 10 Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it shouldn’t be this way. 11 Can fresh water and salt water flow out of the same spring?
Holy Spirit, you help us to live by your power. You free our hearts, so that we are controlled by your love instead of by sin. Help your fruit to grow in our lives today, so that your love moves out into the world through us. Remind us that we are Jesus’s hands and feet working and walking in our homes, our families, our friendships, and our towns. Thank you for freeing us to love you and one another with our whole hearts. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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