How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. ( James 3, Biblegateway.com).
When you read this scripture, what comes to mind? Do you feel conviction? I know I did when God led me to read this. I am guilty of not always talking favorably of others or myself. It is extremely easy to get caught up in work gossip or even being pulled into the drama of reality tv.
We’ve got roughly two months left this year and one common theme that I have noticed this year, is how much trouble our words are getting us into. Its so easy to just run off at the mouth and say the first thing that comes to mind, its not easy to bite your tongue or agree to disagree. This also goes for the content that we put out on social media. For example, you can re share or post bible verses all day long, but if you’re constantly going on gossip sites or getting caught up in the glitz and glam of social media; are you truly getting filled with the goodness of the Lord or are you being sucked into the world?
The truth is, what you consume and choose to fill yourself on, can become the words and thoughts that you speak.
This week I want you to ask for guidance on how to curb your tongue – help to not speak words that are not of God, and then evaluate at the end of day how much more peace you felt.