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 3:9-10 (NIV)
Read: James 3:1-12
Consider: Today, instead of commenting on the passage I will let Scripture speak for itself:
For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech (1 Peter 3:10, quoting Psalm 34).
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless (James 1:26).
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness (Romans 3:14).
But what does it [the law] say? ‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:8-10).
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29).
Pray: Father, forgive us for often failing to control our tongue. Help us to use our speech to build up, rather than to tear down. May we edify and encourage others through what we say. Amen