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What Causes Me To Stumble

James 3:1-2 (ESV)
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For 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.

Reading this passage this morning, the events of two weeks ago immediately came to mind. These events prove was James syas earlier in his letter about about the process of sin ... "But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death." (1:14-15). My point is not to discect this tragic event. Instead it really is to examine my own life - what is it that trips me up?

Today's passage notes that there are many ways we stumble. It's like an infant learning how to walk. And even after learning how to walk, who hasn't tripped over something they haven't seen, or lost thier balance for some inexplecibale reason (both of which are useually harmless and is cause for laughter and a little humility). But it is our words, especially that of a pastor/teacher that if we're not careful, really set us up for a fall.

How many times have I expressed my "intentions" that others have heard as a commitment. When it doesn't come to pass (which is most often the case with my intentions,much to my regret) I've dissaponted the listener and left them with unmet expectations. As a husband, a dad, and a pastor, the most important thing I can do is to be a man of my word. In order to do this, I must consider carefully what I say. I'm not talking about less transpanrency for my own protection. I am talking about the appropriate judgement of my character by those I'm responsible for if I don't follow through on the words that I speak. For mew this has less to do with what I teach in the pulpit, and more with the conversations I have in my day to day life. I want my "yes" to be "yes." Lord, help me to set a watch over my words. I desire for Your Word to perfect me,and my words to reflect what You are doing in me.

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