I came across another person who has memorized about 1/3 of the New Testament, but they are using their influence to slander authority. I’m reminded yet again–Memorization does not equal godliness.
So how does one become more godly? My thoughts tonight can be summed up in one word: responsiveness.
When I think of the tongue as an agent that sets the ‘whole course of someone’s life on fire’ (James 3), I think of Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. Whether you agree with it or not, that random comment altered the whole course of her life.
How I pray for someone affects my attitude toward them. I have been seeing someone’s sin and having turned away, asking God to convict their hearts and turn back. Good prayer. But when I pray instead that God will bring them into the freedom, joy and fullness they have, my eyes begin to see what they can be, and my perspective towards them changes. Hm.