James 3:5-12 “A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame. And the tongue is like a fire. It is a whole world of evil among the parts of our bodies. The tongue spreads its evil through the whole body. The tongue is set on fire by hell, and it starts a fire that influences all of life. People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them, but no one can tame the tongue. It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself. Praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good and bad water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives, or can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water.”
This past Sunday in church service, our Pastor discussed James 3 and how we should tame our tongue. I think that is something more people should focus on. It seems these days that it’s more acceptable to curse and say inappropriate words, but it should not be this way.
How can you tame your tongue? THINK about it!
T – is it True?
H – is it Helpful?
I – is it Inspiring?
N – is it Necessary?
K – is it Kind?
God calls us to be kind to one another, to support one another, and lift each other up, not just by action but by your words! I think of Hawk Nelson’s song Words:
“Words can build us up, words can break us down, start a fire in our hearts or put it out. Let my words be life, let my words be truth. I don’t wanna say a word, unless it points the world back to You. Let the words I say, be the sound of Your grace.”