Day 12: James 3:7-12

Today, James continues to challenge us to ask for God’s help in choosing what we say.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by human beings, but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

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.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.  (TNIV)

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2 thoughts on “Day 12: James 3:7-12

  1. In the passage today you have to hear a bit of sarcasm in these words, “You can control, elephants and tigers, and lions, but you can’t control this little tongue of yours?? You can’t stop it from lying? You can’t stop it from gossiping? Really? Then there’s obviously something wrong. But James goes on. He says:

    Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

    In other words if we call ourselves Christians, and if we say that the love of God is filling us, then how is it that with this same mouth that we just praised God with, that after church we talk negatively about people or we gossip about people or we get into shouting matches at home? How is this possible?

    Well James has the answer, and according to James, it is a matter of the heart.

    Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. (James 3:7-12, NLT)

    So what James is saying is this. He’s saying, that the more you connect your heart to God who is the source of love and the source of hope, and the source of forgiveness, the more you are seeking wisdom from his word, the more you are praying that God would change you, the more you can expect that out of your mouth are going to come words of encouragement, and truth and kindness, and gentleness.

    Jesus said. “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45, NLT)

    It’s a good challenge for me as I face my day today. The words I use say a lot about who I’m really connected to.

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