Friday - September 9, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: James 3:1-12
James tells us the tongue is an unruly evil no one of us can tame. When you think about it, there are more than 101 ways we can sin with our tongue. We can use foul language, gossip, slander someone, lie...shall I go on? However, there is one problem that comes from the tongue that rarely gets discussed: Bragging. It is also referred to as pride or arrogance. Make no mistake. This type of sin comes forth from our tongue. It seems that this has become more prevalent among the professional sports industry. Many professional athletes seem to have a verbal claim on being the best. Well, that can’t be true, because all of them cannot be the best at what they do. It seems that what they really need is a good dose of humility.
Solomon said “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27:2). There is something to be said for self-confidence, but if the only praise we are able to get is our own, we might just need to rethink things.