Bless or Curse?
Several years ago, Colby and I took a trip to Arizona. We spent time in Phoenix before heading towards the Grand Canyon. Due to forest fires in the area, we had to forego our plans to make a stop in Sedona. I am not sure what the extent was of the damage that was caused, but I do know that even though we were miles away, the smell of smoke and the foggy air was noticeable.
It doesn’t take more than a cigarette butt to set ablaze a massive fire. And the extend of damage that a fire can cause truly is heartbreaking, including not just physical damage, but death too. And the tongue? It’s no different. “It’s a small part of the body yet it carries great power… the tongue is a fire… it is the most dangerous part of our human body.” James 3:5-6, TPT
I am not sure I realize how truly powerful the tongue is, but the verses in James 3 sure do put it into perspective. It’s so powerful that scripture addresses it over and over. Words can be so hurtful when spoken negatively and the opposite is true too: words have the power to speak life and bring blessing. “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21 I can’t help but notice all of the people on social media who constantly curse those around them. There is so much death being spoken about others, including over this nation and our new president.
“We use our tongue to praise God our Father and then turn around and curse a person who was made in his very image! Out of the same mouth we pour out words of praise on minute and curses the next. My brothers and sister, this should never be!” James 3:9-10
So are you going to choose to praise or curse those around you? Whether it’s your spouse, someone you have never met, or Donald Trump, you get to make the decision, but remember each and every person is made in God’s very image and the “tongue carries great power” (James 3:5). You have the choice to speak life and when you speak death or cursing, “it releases a fire that can burn throughout the course of human existence.”
Choose to bless those around you, even those who are hard to love. Choose to pray over this nation and our new president, instead of words that curse. Choose to speak words that honor Christ. Spend time using your tongue to bring praise and honor to Christ.