September 16, 2012

The texts for Sunday pair Psalm 19 (the meditations of the heart) with James 3:1-12 (similes about the untamed tongue—like a spark igniting a forest, rudder turning of a ship, bit in the mouth guiding a horse). These texts call to mind Jesus explaining how a tree is known by its fruits. A good tree produces good fruit. A bad tree produces bad fruit. He goes on to say that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. On another occasion, he said that it is not what goes into our mouths that defile us, but what comes out of our mouths. And again, Jesus tells us that by our words will we be justified and by our words will we be condemned. Much to think about, here. The title of the sermon Sunday will be "Out of the Heart, the Mouth Speaks."