The Power of the Tongue

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Today’s Scripture: James 3

The tongue is a powerful weapon. If used properly, it can help mend the broken, encourage the weak, create positivity, and bring nations together. The same tongue can also break a person’s spirit, curse humankind, and divide cultures out of fear and hate.

James 3: 9
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

How can an individual who knows they are a child of God behave in such a way? Some of the most spirited people use their tongue to praise God with songs and prayer, then turn around and curse their family, friends, and anyone in-between.

James 3: 10
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

Consistency is a must. Don’t shout your love for God and whisper your disdain for another. With the same breath, don’t say you love the Lord but call yourself ugly, unforgivable, or unworthy.

When is the last time you praised the Lord? How does your criticism of self or others take away joy in your life? To whom will you express your appreciation this week? How are you treating non-believers?

Next Steps:
Practice speaking at home, work, and other places the same way you talk at church. Be consistently good with your words.

Lord, thank you for showing us how to love with our words as well as with our hearts. Help me to continue to speak wisdom, faith, and love to others, and remind me to swallow my pride and ask for their forgiveness when I do the opposite. Amen.

This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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  1. Julie
    Julie says:

    Thank you Jaron, these are words I need today. It’s been a whirlwind the past few days at work. I tend to get a little weary and grumpy. Last night my husband said I was being mean! I want everyone to always hear the joy of the Lord on my lips! Thank you for the reminder!

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