“This is scary. You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongue we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!” (James 3:7-10 in The Messsage Bible)
James said it like it is. We are all equipped with a tongue, yet most of us don’t realize how lethal it can be.
While reading this chapter, I reread it several times so I would get the point. I realized how much more I need to make sure that I am using my tongue to bring glory to God rather than cursing others. Cursing is not just using bad language; it’s when I try to destroy others with the things I say.
No wonder David prayed in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer!”
Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t always say the right thing. I need You to help me to say only things that are true, kind, and profitable. Keep my heart clean! You are my help and my strength. Amen.
Devotion by Kaye Singleton