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James 3:6-10

by John Tilton on July 19, 2021


“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” (James 3:6-10)


These scriptures are so succinct and clear as to the power of the tongue ... for good as well as bad.  It can bring chaos, conflict, corruption, and concern.  But the tongue is also how we praise God and can bring encouragement, inspiration, and love to others. It is so important as to how we use our tongue ... either to edify or conversely to harm.


I can recall times where I spoke before I thought about what I was saying and what the results might be, especially if I was responding out of hurt or anger.  There are times I spoke out of what I desired for me rather than how I could bless someone else.  I recall wishing that I could press rewind or delete. James 1:19 resonates with me be quick to listen, slow to speak and anger.  But I also believe that our words often are a result of our hearts which can either be shaped by God’s word or the world.


Dear Lord, thank you for reminding me to watch my words and tongue, and if need be, to bridle my tongue. As I read your word, may you shake and mold my heart that my words would reflect you in my life.

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