With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
In James 3 JAMES talks about having control of the tongue. He illustrates how one small spark can start a whole fire, and how one small word can do the same. But how often do we go to church on Sunday morning and then slander our brothers that night? How often do we promise to pray for someone and turn around and use this as an opportunity to gossip about them? And by we, know that I mean I. God used this passage to convict me and remind me that my mouth is His and His alone. It should be used for His purpose and His glory. When we curse men, talking about them in a negative manner, we are in turn talking negatively about God's creation. May we learn to speak in a way that praises our Creator both directly and indirectly. Lord, help me to control my tongue, and may I do it for your glory. Amen.