When I was recently reflecting on all the amazing things man has accomplished, i.e., space travel, technological wonders, architectural marvels, and more, James 3 reminded me of our frailty. Notice what it says in James 3:7-10,
“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
Ouch! James’ observation that mankind has accomplished much, but is unable to control his tongue is so true! Mankind has been able to control every beast and accomplish truly incredible things, but he cannot control his words. The tongue speaks so inappropriately at times. Even so, we cannot blame the tongue because scripture also tells us that what comes out of the mouth is an expression of the heart (Mark 7:21). This teaching of James is a stark reminder that I still have a fallen nature, and I am in need or God’s continual transformation of my heart through the Holy Spirit, people and his Word.
Father, this truth this morning always hits home. There are so many times where I will speak inappropriately. Help me to remember this weakness of mine. Help me to remember that inappropriate speech is a reflection of my heart. May you be at work in my life to change my heart so that I can be a better reflection of your character. May the words I speak be refreshing and encouraging to others because I reflect you.
Following Jesus with you.