Today’s thought “Teachers will be judged with greater strictness than others” (December 09)

James 3

Preaching and teaching the Word of God is a serious “job”. Willing to be “servants of God” we are fully aware of the particularity but also of the seriousness and possible consequences of our task.

Those who want to teach in the ecclesia should know or be aware of the strictness or strict application of the law which be upon them at the judgment. Already at the beginning of our contemporary era the apostle James warned that not many of the people should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Serving in an official teaching capacity makes a person to be with greater accountability and more condemnation if he teaches incorrectly or does inappropriate things.(James 3:1)

For everybody the tongue is a small muscle, as an outlet capable of marvellous undertakings and teachers and leaders often may use it for making grand speeches. (James 3:5) Those who let their voice out of their mouth to instruct others should know they not only can defile their own and others their spirit but also ignite an entire world of vices. (James 3:6)

As men (or women) who go out preaching, let us be always aware of the seriousness of what we do. Let us not be worthless man devising and digging up evil, by doing and saying the wrong things. We always should be careful to keep our tongue in control, because the words on our lips can be like a scorching fire, if we are not attentive enough. (Proverbs 16:27)

When we preach let us excite the minds of men and women, that they might be more attentive to hear the Word of God and to be interested in His works and in His son. Let us always be careful what attitude we take on. Let us also show to others that we are real Christians, meaning to be real followers of Christ Jesus, the only begotten beloved son of God. As such we do have to be genuine children in the faith who follow the principles of God His Law. That should mean we share the love of Christ with others around us and are full of love out of a pure heart, and with full respect for all creatures.

As lovers of God we do know that the law is laid down not only for the just one, but for the lawless and disorderly, for the profane and sinful, for the wicked and unholy, for the patricides and matricides, for man slayers, for fornicators, unchaste, man-stealers, liars, the perjured, and if there be any other thing opposed to sound doctrine. Let us put nobody to shame whilst not being afraid to show others what we believe, and let us call upon God and His son’s name as worthy children of the Only One True God.

“11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame.

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him: 13 for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Ro 10:11-13 ASV)

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Preceding

When questioned about your faith

Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity

When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing

God has not destined us for wrath

So it will be on the day when …

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Additional reading

  1. Christians having the right heart to call others to go to God
  2. Priest, scribes and others with authority
  3. Oratory Style
  4. A true sermon is a real deed.
  5. Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity
  6. From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah
  7. The Field is the World #4 Many who leave the church
  8. A Synod to speak freely and to listen without reservations
  9. The Most Appropriate teacher and Scoffers in our contemporary age
  10. Careful not to fuel the anger in this world
  11. Let us make sure we are not stiff-necked
  12. Careful not to have God’s wrath poured out upon us taking on the right attitude
  13. The works we have to do according to James
  14. The Tongue an Outlet
  15. A tongue to speak slowly and well-considered
  16. Preaching Christ not done to isolate him in the minds of their listeners
  17. Making proclamation as a herald

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