1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
If you're going to "teach" God's Word, you had better know it or you risk being condemned by God. There are so many that haven't a clue about The Word and have many following them instead of The Word. Turn on FaceBook or the TV, they're everywhere. I see them every day. A good hint will be what "Bible" they quote from. If they use the niv for example, they are fakes.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
When and if a real Pastor makes a mistake, they'll admit it and repent. I make them all the time. Only ONE is perfect, Christ Jesus is His name. As a Christian we should strive toward that perfection. If you're not growing in Him, your dead already.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Just as words direct. What comes out of our mouths may lead some the wrong way or the right way.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
Same as in verse 3. The mouth will push others in a certain direction. Don't let that sway you from speaking The Truth. One of the biggest problems today is the meeting in the middle. When you do that, you must let go of something. Hold to The Truth and your morals. Being salt is having flavor and for those that hate you, it's going to sting a bit, but perhaps lead them away from the evil they're in.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
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.
Our words can start a fire that could destroy everything in its path. Speak The Truth of God and worry not.
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:
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
If you have Christ in you, He has given you control over your mouth. He has shown us The Way! We can't do it by ourselves.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Don't get even with each other when they wrong you. God is going to take care of it for you. We should never blame God for the actions of humans.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
This should remind you of Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 No human can serve two masters. Good and evil don't mix and there is NO gray area. Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Luke 16:13 Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
It's God's way or the worlds and satans. This new
world age religion stuff "coexist" junk isn't of God. Study! Don't be
a fooled! The new pope Francis said: "Through humility, soul
searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of
certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people
suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not
a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only
to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary
device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls
ultimately will be united in love with God.” He also says, “All
religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who
believe in them." This is very wrong and very dangerous for Christianity. He is probably going to be the last pope and join forces with satan upon his being cast to earth. Be watchful brothers and sisters, Stay alert! Stay in The Word †
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
NO! So don't fool yourself. You can't call yourself a Christian while doing evil. When fresh water enters the ocean it will turn into salt water.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
I have told many over the years. "What you put in, you will put out. Put God's Word into your everyday lives and good will flow.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
"Envy and strife" I tell you now, we have this in the US administration today. They want you to think rich is evil and you deserve their money, satans work. This talk of "fare share" the Obama administration has been putting out is of the devil. The whole entitlement frame of mind is of the devil. It is of the worldly thought and is a socialist trick to bring down a country.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Actions that represent Gods purpose for us. Those [born from above] know what to do.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
You want peace in an evil world? You seek out The ways of God through His Word. In Him we find our Sabbath. In Him we find our rest.