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. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12
We have talked about how dangerous our words can be, but let’s not skip over how much power they have for good. Your words of life can bring praise to God, healing to a friend, training to your children. Our words can bring blessings, honor, and glory. How wonderful is that?
Matthew says “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” 12:37
What words have you spoken today by which you would be acquitted or justified?
Proverbs says that a soft answer turns away wrath. Which means that our words have to power to make others stop in their angry tracks and think about how they are reacting, or see Jesus in the way we respond to their hurtful words.
Trust me, I know that this is easier said than done, but when you are walking daily with Jesus, He will give you words to speak. When you know your Bible, when it’s written on your heart, those are the words that will flow from your lips in someone’s time of need.
God can use our tongues to direct and encourage others, even to delight others. Not to be confused with flattery of course, but true Christian care, concern, and love.
The Bible says that every good and perfect gift is from above. And good and perfect words come from the Father. So spend your time with Him, meditate on His words, and pray that they would start to come out of your mouth.
Also, let’s not forget the most powerful words we speak over another may not be spoken to them, but to God. So pray for others, and let your words be used by God to work in their lives, provide and meet their needs, and thank Him for the people in your life.
I pray today that your words, and my words will bring blessings to those around us, and glory to God.
View 31 Days Through The Book Of James here.