6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[b]
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.[c] ~ James 3:6-12
This preaches so well, it’s a great portion of Scripture to teach on, we love love love to say this and quote this. This is one of the most important statements in the Bible when it comes to living a life of peace, holiness and JOY. It’s one of the most important scriptures to “get” when it comes to other people who watch you because you claim you are a “Christian” — why?
Our words change lives, our words bring life and death. With our words we can bless someone or we can crush their spirit……and for the most part this is exactly what we do! Our words once spoken can never EVER be taken back, once the fire is started you can NEVER EVER put it out. We can try to make things right, we can try to mend the brokenness that our words bring to our spouses, children, friends, co-workers and even total strangers, but the scar will ALWAYS be there!
James says that we can control our tongue, our anger, our wrath, our judgments, out hate, our hurtful words, would that include road rage? Would that include just a mean spirited way of speaking to others? Would that include when you are having a bad day?
There are things that stick in my mind that have been said to me 50 years ago by my father or mother, by a friend or a co-worker….. our words have the POWER to bring LIFE or bring DEATH. Think about this every time you open your mouth to speak.
So how do we change this? For some of us it’s habit, it’s the only thing we know, we lash out in anger and say things that hurt others as a defense. We say “the deserve it” but is that true? Here is a truth….The word of God has the power to heal us, to transform us, to change our hearts, renew our minds, cleanse us, to give us a new heart,……. Jesus is the living WORD of God. KNOW HIM, FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM… and you will NEVER do this by saying you want to… it takes action. KNOW HIS WORD, KNOW HIS HEART and allow Him to change your life, your habits, your tongue.
Now go out and have an EPIC day today.