"For in many things, we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." (James 3:2)
Here, James points out that the person who has control over their speech, has control over their entire being (which includes body, soul and spirit). This person understands who they are, and their purpose in life. They understand that their words are creative.
Self-defeating words can hinder you and others. Such words can bring destruction to spirit, soul and body. (For in many things we offend all.) The writer is not talking about making someone angry or upset, but about words that do not reflect truth or reflect our true image--words that bring harm and defeat to the lives of yourself, and others. Look at how one word (a degrading name) can demoralize a people, a race, a culture. Unless truth enters those hearts, these individuals will remain defeated in every area of their life.
On the other side of the coin there are words that can bring beauty, hope and abundant life. "Lift up your heads, oh ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors..." (Psalm 24:7)
Isn't it wonderful to know that having control over our speech, is having control over our entire being? This is what it means to be whole. A whole manisthe perfect man; however, it is a spiritual result.
Consider the pathway to this perfect man. In the book to the Ephesians, Paul writes about this path as he refers to ministry gifts. "And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ..." (Ephesians 4:11-13)
This new life is not just for some, but for all people, everywhere. These ministry gifts will release the grace of God into our lives. The result is new knowledge that bring us into the realm of perfection. This is the total purpose of ministries--to bring about the perfect man. For us, as believers, this means putting ourselves in place to hear and receive the Word of God.
Many people are afraid of the word perfect--so much so, that the true meaning and the real power of the word is lost in man's limited understanding. To be perfect is not just being mature, but it is living in obedience to Christ--it is Christ consistently living his life through us. "That we henceforth (from now on) be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine (teaching)..." (Ephesians 4:14)
Searching for the Lord is not necessary, for even now he is very near unto you. The misconception of him coming from any particular place to help you is not possible. "For in him we live, and move, and have our being..." (Acts 17:28)
He is the very energy that makes up our thought life--for as a man thinks, so is he. But the Word is very near, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is the word of faith that is preached unto you. (Romans 10:8-9) It is simply a matter of confessing or acknowledging Christ Jesus as Lord. Realize this: whether we confess him or not, he remains Lord of all creation!
Begin to breathe new life into your being. We are free to speak, just as Jesus spoke and said, "...the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63)
As you begin to speak new words, a new life will come into view. All the words you will ever need are written in your heart by the holy Spirit, and the Holy scriptures bear wittness to him. You will take charge of your life in every area and those things that once caused death, will come to an end and be no more. Even now, a new energy is working in you--creating a new life for you and for those around you. It is now that you will discover your true purpose in life and are able to achieve your goals. Be patient, but be consistent. Abide (live or remain) in the Word until the day of your harvest. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask (demand) what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7)
These are the operations of the person in control of his or her life and destiny. This is the operation of the Perfect Man.
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