You know you’re feeling convicted of something when you carry on a conversation like this with yourself:
Let’s skip the application of the James chapter for this week and blog about something else tonight.
Nice try. Why do you want to skip it? You didn’t skip Chapters 1 and 2.
Yeah, but those had more concrete action steps. Like giving construction paper to poor kids and stuff.
This one has concrete action steps too.
I know, but…
But what? You don’t really like them as much? You’d rather see how many cans of play-doh you can fit in a suitcase than pray for the wisdom to hold your tongue?
It’s not really even the tongue-holding part, is it? You could muster the discipline to keep your mouth shut, right? It’s just like giving the silent treatment. Easy peasy.
It’s like I can read your mind, right? I know what you’re thinking. If what comes out of your mouth reflects what’s in your heart, then you have a big ol’ dirty heart to take care of. And you’d almost rather clean the bathroom than your heart, right?
Today’s action step: Pray for the peaceable, gentle, merciful, Spirit-filled wisdom that comes only from God.
I’ll be spending a lot of time praying. Let me know if I can pray for you too.