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. James 3:2 (NIV)
Isn’t that the truth. Isn’t what the truth? I stumble in many ways. I stumble in my thoughts. I stumble in my words. I stumble in my actions. I have probably invented brand new ways to stumble. Probably not. Well, I can’t tell you how frequently I have jumped to the wrong conclusions. I have thought and spoken and acted on false information far more times than I can count. Of course, information doesn’t need to be false in order for me to have thought and spoken and acted in ways that I deeply regret. Sometimes, I feel like a hopeless case. I must have the cleanest feet around, because I have stuck them in my mouth so often. You are not a hopeless case. I wish that I would be able to guard my thoughts and words and actions. I take no pleasure in living in conflict. I have no joy in the damage that my thoughts and words and actions have done. No, I’m sure that you don’t.
Do you really want to think and speak and act wisely? Yes, I do. What might it take for you to be able to think and speak and act wisely? That is a very good question. I know that the wisdom to speak and think and act does not come naturally to me. No, it does not. I often feel powerless to think and speak and act wisely. And well you should feel that way. Really, why is that? You are powerless to think and speak and act wisely. You need my help. That I know. I don’t need a little bit of your help either. I desperately need all the help you will give to me. That is a good admission and confession on your part. It is very good for you to know that you desperately need my help. Now, you need to do two things. What two things? You need to ask for my help, and you need to allow me to help you.
I’m asking you to help me to think and speak and act wisely. How can I allow you to help me? If you became more like me, would you begin to think and speak and act more wisely? If you allowed me to change the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth and actions of your life would you begin to think and speak and act more wisely? I would say an emphatic yes to both your questions. When and where and how do you think I will change you? You will change me in your presence. You will change me as I come to meet with you. You will use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Yes, I will. Will you draw near to me? Will you allow me to change you? Will you allow my word to dwell in you richly? Yes, I will. Then I will give you new thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I can’t tell you how many times I have jumped to wrong conclusions. I have been unwise. I have thought and spoke and acted on false information. I need your help. Help me to know what is good and right and true as I humbly love, follow and serve you. Amen
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