Words. They can be encouraging or destructive. Words can be life saving, or life depleting. Words can be a blessing or words can be a curse. Words can affirm you or words can shake you to your very core. Words came bring much joy or they can fill you with shame. The old saying, “sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me,” its just not true. Words can be the most destructive thing, the most lethal weapons coming from a person. Words strike to the very core, the very soul of you. In the book of James chapter 3, James the author talks about the power of the tongue and of words.
“Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment, for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.
Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal. And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.
Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. We praise our Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it. Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way. Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.” (James 3:1-12).
James begins to describe the tongue as a very small. He talks about how men control horses with bits and ships with rudders but that no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, a fire, that if we are not careful, will set the whole course of our life on fire. James goes on to say that with our tongue we praise the Father but with it we also curse men. James asks how can this be. Cursing and praise should not come out of the same mouth. “Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.” Cursing and praising are complete opposites. James is warning believers to be careful not to disregard the tongue because of its physical smallness. Even though it is small, it is very powerful.
Words used to rule my life. Words that people had uttered, curses that had been placed on me. These words controlled me and my view of myself in a very negative way. Then I learned about God’s words and His words were placed in my heart. These words were uplifting and encouraging, affirming and courageous.
“The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times.”(Psalm 12:6)
God’s word is sharper than any two edged sword, it is redeeming and it is powerful. The words of the Lord changed my life. Words of love and not condemnation. Words of peace and not of conflict. Words of joy and not of sorrow. Words of hope and of purpose.
Have a blessed day ya’ll.
Fill your hearts with His Words always. Meditate on them day and night and remember them,