June 22, 2022

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James 3:1 ESV (English Standard Version)

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

Pastor's Commentary

Most of you have heard the saying, “practice what you preach.” Also, perhaps you have heard people say, “confession is good for the soul.” So, this morning I felt the convicting presence of the Holy Ghost. It is so easy to write words of encouragement or admonishment to those who read God’s Word for today. But sometimes, living it out becomes challenging.

The Word of God is a powerful source in the believer's life. But I must admit that I have been guilty of telling others about faith, trust, or obedience and failing to practice what was taught. Yes, as a pastor/teacher, I struggle with many of the same issues as the members. But the anointing upon my life compels me to be honest with all who hear and read God-inspired words.

Realizing that I will be held to a higher standard and will receive a greater judgment keeps me humble. God's Word has taught me that I am not exempt from flaws, failures, and faults. However, knowing the LORD is a loving, and forgiving God strengthens me to strive to do better and live the life I teach.