Reading: James 3:2-12
We all make mistakes in all kinds of ways, but the man who can claim that he never says the wrong thing can consider himself perfect, for if he can control his tongue he can control every other part of his personality! Men control the movements of a large animal like the horse with a tiny bit placed in its mouth. Ships too, for all their size and the momentum they have with a strong wind behind them, are controlled by a very small rudder according to the course chosen by the helmsman. The human tongue is physically small, but what tremendous effects it can boast of! A whole forest can be set ablaze by a tiny spark of fire, and the tongue is as dangerous as any fire, with vast potentialities for evil. It can poison the whole body, it can make the whole of life a blazing hell.
Lord our God, we rejoice in your presence, for we are your family, united in your love.
In the gift of Christ, your compassion and kindness have been revealed.
Through the life of Christ, humility and meekness were made strong, and we were shown the power of love.
In the work of Christ, your patience and forgiveness were freely shared with all people.
In the death and resurrection of Christ, your love and peace have filled our lives and given us hope.
In the name of Christ, we come before you in gratitude and in worship, praising you for your love of all the world.
By the presence of the Holy Spirit, we know that we are not alone, but that you are with us, beside us, within us, a compassionate Heavenly Father to whom we can turn in all the moments of our lives.
Blessing and honour and glory and power, wisdom and riches and strength evermore, be yours, Lord our God.