The most dangerous muscle in our body – James 3:9-12
James 3:9-12 : My dear friends, with our tongues we speak both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people who were created to be like God, and this isn’t right. Can clean water and dirty water both flow from the same spring? Can a fig tree produce olives or a grapevine produce figs? Does fresh water come from a well full of salt water? (Contemporary English Version)
I caught up with a good friend today who shared how over Christmas she hosted her brother and parents, both from out of town. What was meant to be a lovely family time turned into a two day heated argument between her brother and her parents.
Wow families can be hard work! The thing with families is that we know how each other ticks. Me and my brother know how to get each other annoyed and sometimes the big red angry button is pressed without even realising it. And a harsh comment can sit with me for a long time. The tongue is truly the most dangerous muscle in our body.
As a Christian the path is clear here, James 3:9-12 states that I am to major on praise and eliminate harsh condemning language completely. Both cannot exist together, just as clean water and dirty water cannot come from the same spring. I need to seek the clean water which is where I am encouraging and refresh those around me, rather than discourage and tire people.
It is also like a fig tree or grapevine which is where my words clearly display and promote my faith (the fruit of my relationship with Jesus).
And the final image used in the James reading is of fresh water where my conduct, what I say, draws people toward God as fresh water attracts people.
So what a challenge! When I speak, I am to encourage and refresh, to share my faith and to draw people towards God! Wow!
This is day one of making that a reality.
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