Welcome Back to the Weekly Soap! This week we will dive into a passage that convicts me to be more aware of what I say. I remember when I pranked my parents into thinking I had received a speeding ticket coming back from work one day. Not knowing the importance of my words, two days later I was stopped by a sheriff and given a speeding a ticket. When I confessed to my parents, all they could say was “there is power in the tongue”. They used the Bible to always remind me of actions, but let’s see where we find it!
Without further ado, let’s dive into James 3!
(Note: I encourage you to read the entire chapter.)
Scripture: ”  Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.  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 my sisters, this should not be.” James 3:5, 9-10 NIV.
Observation: James writes about taming our tongue or as my mother calls it, our “pink tornado”. He mentions that although it may be the smallest thing on our bodies, it can do the most damage as described in the verses following verse 5. James notes that how can we as humans praise the Lord, but with the same mouth curse our fellow neighbor. We cannot do both if we be in the Lord; “this should not be.”
Application: Often, we fail to recognize the weight of our words and what they can do to our friends, family, strangers, or ourselves. What comes out of our mouths not only has power but can cause things to manifest in our lives, both positive and negative. It reminds me of the phrase, “Do you kiss your mother with those lips?”. But I say to you, “Do you praise God with the same lips you curse people out with?”. Are we careful about the words we say? Are we being intentional about speaking life over ourselves and everything connected to us?
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for entrusting me with so much power in my words. Although I am not always aware of the words spoken in anger, malice, or bitterness, God help me be more mindful. Forgive me for all the hostile words that I may have said over myself and others. Lord, constantly remind me to speak life to all surrounding things. When I want to say something negative, correct me and turn it into a positive. Let me focus on you, God. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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