“A Restless Evil” ( Proverbs 25: 11, ESV ) by Carley Evans


“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

“We all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell… No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.” (James 3:2-10)

“Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged.” (James 5:9) “Do not boast and be false to the truth.” (James 3:14) “Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” (James 4:15-16)

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:26-27)

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.” (James 2:8)

“Let Justice Roll On” ( Amos 5: 14, NIV ) by Carley Evans


Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 6:32pm

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord Almighty will be with you, just as you say He is.” Some talk the talk, but do not “seek good.” Rather than planning good, they secretly plan evil. This, despite the promise that “those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” (Proverbs 14:22)

 

Some honor God with the tongue, but do nothing for the needy among us despite knowing that “whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” (Proverbs 14:31) Some go so far as to claim to be without sin even though God asks us,”Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?’ ” (Proverbs 20:9)

 

Is the Lord Almighty with us? Do we “hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth”? (Amos 5:10) Do we “trample on the poor”? (Amos 5:11) Do we “oppress the righteous and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts”? (Amos 5:12)

 

If so, God says to us, “I hate your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring Me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I do not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I do not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:21-24)