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Along with its lion friends, the striped beauty went through its routine in meek subjection. Kakos then speaks of lack of goodness, of a bad nature. . Our spiritual maturity is reflected by a controlled tongue. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell. And ere my Lord can reign in me, Quickly navigate to any verse and easily access tools to help further your understanding of the Bible. I have gathered together some close friends and asked them what not to say to your spouse. The idea of mercy is to show kindness or concern for someone in serious need or to give help to the wretched, to relieve the miserable. And help us to control our tongues Later, when someone asked how he could do that, Lee replied, "My friend, all ground is level at the foot of the cross.". 34:12–14). . Dikaiosune is rightness of character before God and rightness of actions before men. By definition, it is restricted to things that man can theorize, discover, and accomplish by himself. You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. He was worldly wise in his approach. The usage in Philippians 2:10 reveals an expression used to encompass every aspect of creation, “in heaven, and . That’s the way James described the damage done by our reckless and careless words. 5:5; Jas. 2 For # 1 Kin. One Man has been shown us by God, in Whom His ideal of man was embodied; and He, ‘when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, threatened not, but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:’ (1 Peter 2:23+) He for those who nailed Him to the tree prayed, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ (Lk 23:34+) The world’s spirit of wrath, then, must be folly; whilst than a spirit of meekness (gentleness) like His (JESUS), in the midst of controversy, oppositions, trials of whatever kind, there can be no surer evidence that ‘Jesus is made of God to His people wisdom.’(Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James)(Bold added), Zodhiates - When everything goes wrong and troubles abound and the Christian can still go about his duties in life without revolting against God, against Wisdom, then he is possessed with this wonderful meekness of wisdom. GNT  James 3:12 μὴ δύναται, ἀδελφοί μου, συκῆ ἐλαίας ποιῆσαι ἢ ἄμπελος σῦκα; οὔτε ἁλυκὸν γλυκὺ ποιῆσαι ὕδωρ. 15:11; Eccl. Because while our words may be on the tip of our tongue, they originate from deep within us. "A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes" (Proverbs 18:6). Reprinted by permission. John Trapp, A ready tongue without an informed mind, a devout character and a holy life will hinder rather than advance the cause of Christ. The second is first pure and then peaceable. "The man that heareth shall speak so as to endure" (Proverbs 21:28). Forgive us for speaking destructively to fellow Christians, and teach us to use wise words that can encourage and build their walk with You. (Php 4:8-9+) "Therefore if (SINCE) you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking (present imperative) the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (James 1:19) By the person who boasts, 'I always speak my mind, no matter who gets hurt,' James is not impressed. Yet these same people, with the blessings still on their lips, would sometimes, after leaving worship, actually curse someone who had angered them! May I speak only words that please You and bring health and healing to others. Heavenly wisdom is better than worldly wealth, and to be preferred before it. (Faith, Love & Hope: An Exposition of the Epistle of James), Wise (4680)(sophos) is the practical application of acquired knowledge. Rightly understood, then, brethren, you cannot but feel how searching and scathing this word of the apostle is; and it is interesting to notice, that the very same tempers which are here denounced as unspiritual, merely ‘of the soul,’ are those which the Apostle Paul specifies as peculiarly grieving to that Divine Spirit through whose indwelling alone man’s spirit has rule over his lower nature. He tears off the tissue of plausibilities (zeal for God’s glory, ardour on behalf of truth, and the like), in which an envenomed, arrogant, bigoted spirit often enwraps itself, and lays bare the moral deformity and defilement—‘bitter envying and strife.’ We have not here the pleasant ‘water of life’ (the image of the twelfth verse is perhaps still in the apostle’s mind), but ‘bitter waters’ of hatred. The Lord patiently reminds us through the Holy Spirit’s presence, for example, that we shouldn’t say negative things about others. 18:25; 1 Sa 15:32 = Surely the bitterness of death is past. The tongue is the sum total of iniquity/sin, where "sum total" is defined as the whole amount of something taken into consideration, especially that which cannot be calculated numerically. By:  Randy Kilgore (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. —Wesley. ASV  James 3:10 out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. Our society encourages us to speak out in a thoughtless way, totally disregarding the deadly impact our words may have. "The perverse tongue shall be cut off" (Proverbs 10:31). (Ge 4:6-8). —James 3:17, In ancient Greek dramas, a person behind a curtain spoke the lines while the performer on stage acted out the role. All rights reserved). Shortly after saying “Amen,” he proceeded to fuss about the preacher, the church, his job. The monument cites a gladiator as he gloats over a defeated foe. Morris Gilber, A sanctified heart is better than a silver tongue. οὐ χρή, ἀδελφοί μου, ταῦτα οὕτως γίνεσθαι. The Untamable Tongue. Glenn Spencer observes that "Satan has his theology. But even when fighting against sin, it hungers for peace, yearning to heal all divisions by its wise counsel. Amen. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. By David J. Stewart. A ship’s rudder can steer a huge vessel in a raging storm (v.4). It is not wisdom that God gives by His Spirit! Morse concluded by suggesting that rather than protesting the dictionary’s treatment of words, “We can choose our own words responsibly and protest the use of the word by those around us and by influential people in the media, the entertainment industry, and elsewhere.” That’s good advice! 3 1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. As a writer and former English teacher, I’m bothered when I hear the wrong word used by people I think should know better. The likeness was natural, consisting of intelligence, emotions, and will; and moral, a tendency toward God, though accompanied with the power to make wrong choices. That tongue which addresses with reverence the divine Being cannot, without the greatest inconsistency, turn upon fellow-creatures with reviling brawling language. Donating a portion of profits to World Vision and the James Fund, we are helping to eradicate poverty and preventable deaths among children. 3:15; 1 Ki. AN uncontrolled tongue can get us into a ton of trouble. From Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs to Siberian foxes, humans have learned to tame wild animals. When we fear we have crossed a Rubicon with someone, we can seek their forgiveness—and God’s (Matthew 5:23–24; 1 John 1:9). 1 My brethren, a let not many of you become teachers, b knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.     Were printed each night "That the wise man may.hear, and increase in learning" (Proverbs 1:5). Hiebert on pure - In its very nature it is "pure," clean and undefiled, free from all vices, such as jealousy and party factions. Our own words may not have caused wars or wrecked cities, but they can break hearts and ruin reputations. peaceable, gentle, willing to yield . Donald Grey Barnhouse, One of the first things that happens when a man is really filled with the Spirit is not that he speaks with tongues, but that he learns to hold the one tongue he already has. Godly wisdom that is reasonable does not push its own rights or opinions without listening to and respecting the rights and opinions of others. "He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass" (Proverbs 16:30). Do you frequently and spontaneously offer prayers for others? Blessing (2129)(eulogia) is literally a good word, good speaking, fine speech or praise. 1:13; Deut. (See below) The harsh reality is that many a man speaks with perfect courtesy to strangers and preaches love and gentleness and yet snaps with ungracious and impatient anger at his family. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,  4 To shoot from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear. of God, Who gives to all generously (haplous) and without reproach, and it will be given to him." Most of us would be amazed, if we just knew how much we rattle on. Epigeios - 6x - Jn. Restless (182)(akatastatos from a = not + kathistemi = to settle from kata = down + histemi = to stand) means unsettled, unsteady, unstable. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: "Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding" (Proverbs 14:33). It is found only twice in the New Testament. Henry Law, The next best thing to being wise is to live in a circle of those who are. ", Spurgeon - Unless you are regenerated, born from above by a new and heavenly birth, you are not Christians, whatever you may be called, and you cannot, produce the fruit which is acceptable to God any more than a fig tree can produce olive berries, Hiebert observes that "James draws no stated conclusion from these illustrations. Our first parents yielded to the temptation to sin, because they considered that the tree was ‘to be desired to make one wise;’ (Ge 3:5,6+) and this was the wisdom—a wisdom kindred to that of Satan, whose lie seduced them—full of envy and falsehood, moving ever in the atmosphere of selfishness and malignity. When I speak evil, I not only reveal the sin in my own heart (Luke 6:45), I also reinforce that evil and cause it to grow. --Dennis De Haan. For an hour whales, porpoises, sea lions and seals went through their paces at Marineland, near Pacific Palisades. And thus the tongue can be used for both good and evil (James 3:9). John Phillips - The tongue is as dangerous as any fire. We eliminate the errors. And why has your countenance fallen? 2. to strike dead, kill, Od. NRS  James 3:7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species. While the truly wise set their minds on the things above, not on thing of the earth (Col 3:2), the earthly wise “set their minds on earthly things” (Phil 3:19). Vance Havner said "If you lack knowledge, go to school. In these three verses James briefly discusses the motivation (James 3:14), the characteristics (James 3:15), and the results (James 3:16) of false wisdom. YLT  James 3:13 Who is wise and intelligent among you? Such a life also will be full of "good fruit" (karpōn agathōn). Proverbs 9:10-12 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (2 Cor 11:13-15). There are many messages that would have been twice as effective with half the words! Children are colorblind until they hear adults making unfounded statements or see them shunning people of a different race. We say: Instead of making excuses for sounding off, we can exercise restraint and allow God's peace and wisdom to guide what we say. Steven Cole on peaceable - Seeking peace in relationships is not a minor theme in the Bible! 21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. They will not boast (v. 14). Utley on selfish ambition - It refers to an egotistical, jealous ambition—“my way or no way”—among leaders. Adrian Rogers -  Watch the words of your mouth. Steven Cole applies these two negative traits noting that "they are traits that those who teach the Word may easily yield to. It comes from a rebirth of our hearts and spirit to a life truly taken captive by God. Heart transformation begins with confession and repentance. He can tame the untamable. As Steven Cole says "If we all would seek to live by these seven qualities of godly wisdom, personal conflicts would be greatly minimized and harmonious relationships would blossom and grow. Beyond this text, James affirmed forgiveness of sins (cf. Demonstrate your living faith by living with godly wisdom. Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. John Calvin, During a long life I have had to eat my own words many times and I have found it a very nourishing diet. 10:16. Phusis is “that which belongs to a person or thing by virtue of its origin,” then, “its essential character.” Nature speaks of the inherent character or basic constitution of a person or thing. James lamented that in one breath we can worship God, and in the next, curse the apple of His eye. 6:1+; Eph. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. The person with godly wisdom is not "playing the part." But - Term of contrast. 19:29; Jn. Utley - True wisdom is known by its deeds. Using blunt words, they deliberately bump into others’ feelings, which is anything but harmless. This pipeline is reciprocal. —JDB. Even some of God's greatest saints have revealed the evil power of the tongue. You can tame a tiger, but only by prayer and watchfulness can you control your tongue. (Faith, Love & Hope: An Exposition of the Epistle of James), Gilbrant - In both classical and Septuagintal usage epistēmōn means “knowing, wise, prudent,” especially being acquainted with an area of skill. James 3 Taming the Tongue. Its natural killer instinct having been honed since the tender age of six months, this beast is fearful of no one. —Hess, Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. NLT  James 3:7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish. "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser" (Proverbs 9:9). KJV  James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. NIV  James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? KJV  James 3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: ESV  James 3:7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. It came from the teller who had attempted to balance and he hadn't balanced. Communication courses are useful and homiletics helps, but no amount of discipline and training can quell the wayward tongue. Don Anderson - If our lives are under the control of the HOLY SPIRIT, the Spirit will produce within us TONGUE CONTROL as one of the EVIDENCES OF HIS WORK. They could have bitten their tongue the moment they said them. By:  Mart DeHaan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Matthew Henry, Gentleness (meekness, humility)(4240)(prautes cf closely related word praus) describes the quality of NOT being overly impressed by a sense of one’s self-importance. It will not compromise with sin to maintain peace. More like the Master I long to ever be. Proverbs 26:18-22 Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death, 19 So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, “Was I not joking?” 20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down. Help me evaluate each thought "Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right" (Proverbs 16:13). Similarly, if a person's speech mixes foul with sweet, it will not build up the community. It is a "FIRE." Bitter words come from a bitter heart. (Ps. James 3:13  Who among you is wise and understanding? Of course not! Hence the Apostle Paul, in the Epistle to the Romans, distinguishes all men into two classes—those who are ‘in the flesh,’ and those who are ‘in the spirit;’ the standard on which the division is based being that which I have now indicated: ‘Ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you’ (Ro 8:9+). 5 They hold fast to themselves an evil purpose; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who can see them?” Psalm 64:2-5), They ("Evil men" Ps 140:1) sharpen their tongues as a serpent; b Selah. 9:8; Jer. "To the wise the way of life goeth upward, That he may depart from Sheol beneath" (Proverbs 15:24). - Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition are inspired by the devil. By the deeds that you do, by the words that you say; 1:17). ASV  James 3:11 Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening sweet water and bitter? It has been a best seller ever since. ASV  James 3:14 But if ye have bitter jealousy and faction in your heart, glory not and lie not against the truth. KJV  James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. That is true, and it had already been said in the declaration that heavenly wisdom is first pure, then peaceable. 14). You may say, “Oh, but that's just the way I am! (cf. A Christian who makes the greatest impact on a watching world, and who furthers the cause of Christ, is one whose. -. . I travel on the wings of the wind. No earth-born eye can catch a glimpse of God. (LAC), NOTE - The typical weekday Amidah actually consists of nineteen blessings, though it originally had eighteen (hence the alternative name Shemoneh Esreh, meaning "Eighteen"). (Psalm 140:3). NRS  James 3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. GNT  James 3:15 οὐκ ἔστιν αὕτη ἡ σοφία ἄνωθεν κατερχομένη ἀλλὰ ἐπίγειος, ψυχική, δαιμονιώδης. He commands, 'Discipline your speaking.' After he has spoken of wisdom which comes from God, he wants to impress us with the fact that there are things that we can learn from others and put into practice. (Ibid), Hiebert - The importance of a spring of water would be assumed by all the readers familiar with conditions in dry Palestine. Isn't it interesting that the Spirit uses the same verb to describe a demon possessed man and the tongue of men which he has already described as set on fire by hell. (Sermon), But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man.—Matthew 15:18, The Bible stresses that what you say is an accurate indicator of what is in your heart. Instead of being helpful, they are destructive. The Lord will “set a guard” over my mouth; He will “keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. By the constituents of the water a judgment can be made as to its source. And according to James, this is the wisdom that enables us to avoid the pitfall of jeal­ousy. We either exhibit the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21+) or display the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. Perhaps we would do well as we leave the worship service after blessing God to pray "God by Your Spirit control my tongue the rest of this Lord's day and even the rest of this week, all for Your glory and honor. The words which this wisdom utters may be of God’s glory, but their real aim is man’s glory. ", Zodhiates amplifies what it means to Let him show, "If we tell people to try something that we have found wonderful and helpful, they may hesitate to do it unless they see it work in our lives. (Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee), Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. In other words, we are to sing a duet, the tongue and the heart are to be in tune. "By wise guidance thou shalt make thy war" (Proverbs 24:6). The future is in our power. He who comes from heaven is above all." NJB  James 3:11 does any water supply give a flow of fresh water and salt water out of the same pipe? defiles the whole body” (James 3:6). NLT  James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. So what is the solution? Awful, hateful, ungodly, vile things emanate from this master of disaster. “No man can tame the tongue,” James tells us (James 3:8). (Mt 5:9+), Make (present tense)(4160)(poieo) means "to do" which focuses more on the end/achievement of the action. Mestos - Matt. 16:20-23). Winston Churchill, When you have nothing to say, say nothing. By:  Dave Branon (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. The emphasis is on giving, not gathering! And prove Thy good and perfect will. 3 2 Indeed, f we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. KJV  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. Besides, good men are ashamed of him; they can neither call him brother, nor friend; the very naming of him among them makes them blush, if they know him. A cruel word may wreck a life. This "extraterrestrial" wisdom is the gift of God and is only given to believers  (Eph 2:8), Proverbs comments on the Source of wisdom from above, "For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." "Deceive not with thy lips" (Proverbs 24:28). Fruits (plural = speaks of the variety of fruit produced)(2590)(karpos) is used in its literal sense to refer to fruit, produce or offspring, which describes that which is produced by the inherent energy of a living organism. George Seevers, Wisdom is easy to him that will understand. 21:1-10; 22:9-23). —Sper, John Phillips - Try as we might, we cannot prevent the tongue from lashing out at times. De Haan Anon. Amplified  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature). A man attended a meeting where the guest lecturer was extremely long-winded. Here the is used of the gushing forth of water. Publilius Syrus, Evil tongues are the devil’s bellows. NIV  James 3:15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. Louw-Nida says it means "pertaining to being gracious and forbearing." The ultimate peace is the state of reconciliation with God, effected by placing one's faith in the gospel. Amen. Read: Exodus 16:1-8 If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Bitter water also can destroy our spiritual lives. 1:11). DO NOT OPEN YOUR WINDOWS! James warns that such so-called “wisdom” is not from God, but rather is earthly and unspiritual (v. 15). (Proverbs 18:21), "The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth. One man complained that he had to eat hotdogs for lunch while others ate in fancy restaurants. New Testament for Everyone – What he is talking about is 'bitter jealousy and contention', a spirit which is always carping and criticizing, which cannot let a nice word go by without adding a nasty one, to take the taste away (as it were). But how can believers carry out this command to show good behavior? He called it a “fire” ignited by hell itself (James 3:6), and “an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). Who is going to GIVE US VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION so that our growth is not stunted by sin. Zodhiates. The Christian should learn two things about his tongue: how to hold it and how to use it. You can tame a tiger, a lion, a leopard, a cheetah, and other wild animals, especially if you work with them from birth. From the moment you pick it up, you'll know it's a classic. She had no reason to be, however, because the huge old cat had been tamed and was caged. Wherever we are today, let’s ask the Lord to use us as His peacemakers. But even if you don’t visit Southeast Asia, you’re in peril of something else that is just as deadly (James 3:8). Again, the tongue isn’t the real problem; it is the heart. A change of heart is needed when our words of blessing are waning. Barnhouse from his book Let Me Illustrate - At the trainer's signal a 16-foot whale, weighing 34,000 lbs., leaped straight out of the water until his tale was a foot above the surface; he opened his mouth to receive the handful of fish and fell back into the pool with a splash. James Russell Lowell, The tongue is the ambassador of the heart. Unless we douse it with confes­sion and repentance, it will eventually consume us. Then, even if we do not tell them to try it, they may want to do so anyway. When our words are right, they can be a powerful force for good. Verse. And as Paul goes on to explain in the following context (of Ephesians 5:15-18), God pleasing and God glorifying wisdom is revealed by godly living which is possible only in a person not be controlled by wine but continually controlled by the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18+). Phillips  But if your heart is full of rivalry and bitter jealousy, then do not boast of your wisdom - don't deny the truth that you must recognise in your inmost heart. 1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart. NET  James 3:16 For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. 24:25; 1 Ki. "With the well-advised is wisdom" (Proverbs 13:10). See the contrasting word aspilos in James 1:27 ("unstained"). By them will the reckoning be at the judgment. (Pr 10:31) The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out. (BKC), Let...show (1166)(deiknuo) in this context means to show so as to prove something is true or to make clear by evidence or reasoning. The tongue is the totality or sum total of iniquity, which John defines clearly as "sin" writing that "All unrighteousness  (adikia) is sin. 14:26 = "the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, which was very bitter"; Ps. Christian: His name is Talkative; he dwells in our town. (Ibid), POSB - It is contrary to the nature of believers to have an untamed tongue. As we bring others down, we gain the illusion that we are moving upward. ASV  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell. By listening to the advice: "Assert yourself," "Go for it," "Set high goals," we can be drawn into greed and destructive competitiveness. ASV  James 3:12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs? Ought not - Greek uses the strongest negative to modify chre (ou chre) signifying that this absolutely ought not to be this way. “No man can tame the tongue,” he wrote. Zondervan King James Version Commentary New Testament Book Description : Furnishing information no one-volume commentary can provide without the clutter or expense of a multi-volume set, this two-volume Zondervan King James Version Commentary---New Testament expands on the critically acclaimed study notes of the Zondervan KJV Study Bible. Apt words come from a heart that is governed by God. Meekness of wisdom is accepting Wisdom's dealings with us without a murmur and without a sigh. The term occurs about 40 times in the Septuagint (Lxx) (e.g., Ruth 1:20; Habakkuk 1:6). Do your words and the manner in which you say them reveal a patient heart? Now James contrasts false wisdom (James 3:14-16) with true (godly) wisdom he has just exhorted his readers to demonstrate through his works out of good behavior and gentleness of wisdom. Stulac - Earthly origin, in frequent New Testament usage, implies inferiority to heavenly origin. Words are like dynamite. "Pleasant words are pure" (Proverbs 15:26). Morgan was interested until Baruch said, “You’ve taken bigger gambles than this.”. James minced no words in warning about the power of the tongue. But it does not have to be a troublemaker! That is of course a rhetorical question. Burdick observes that "James shifts almost unnoticeably from discussing the power of the tongue (James 3:3-6) to a discussion of its perversity (James 3:7-12). The project was inaugurated in 1975 with two meetings (Nashville and Chicago) of 68 interested persons, most of them prominent Baptists but also with some conservative Presbyterians. For  example,   Paul  urged that our "speech always be with grace, seasoned  with  salt,  that you may know how you ought to answer each one"  (Col.  4:6). Reprinted by permission. —Branon. Thus say the common people that know him, A saint abroad, and a devil at home. All the conflicts, crimes, battles, and wars of the world are evidence of the devastation caused by human wisdom. By:  Keila Ochoa (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Jesus upset their pride. The blame did not belong to defective radar or thick fog but to human stubbornness. The heart of the problem is the heart. 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