September 12, 2021

Speaking the Truth

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Passage: James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38
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Jesus asks the disciples who they think he is.  Peter makes a simple declaration:  You are the Christ, the  Son of the Living God.  When Jesus begins to explain that being the Messiah means he will suffer and die on behalf of God’s children, Peter takes him aside and begins to tell Him why he is wrong.  Peter spoke a great truth, then followed it with folly.  James warns us to watch what we say because it reflects what is truly in our hearts

We are called to acknowledge and proclaim that Jesus is Lord, but this means we need to watch what else we say.

Confession

Lord Jesus, we are here because we have accepted You as Lord of our lives.  We have sought Your forgiveness.  Yet too often our hearts continue to lead us astray.  We get caught up in our own issues and forget that we are Your representatives in the world.  We speak without thinking and bring pain to others.  We act without thinking through our actions to see if they really bring honor to you.  Forgive us, and teach us to reign in our first impulses, allowing you to speak through us.