A series on the Book of James
“The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on.” James 3:7
We’ve all heard it said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt me.” Whereas this rhyme is mean to protect us from bullies and keep us calm, we also know the painful truth of the power of the words we use. So does James.
The tongue is a powerful little instrument that can do so much good, and yet so much harm. It can unite or divide. Relationships, even marriages, often end because of things that have been said or not said. People lose their jobs, their reputation, start arguments or even wars by their words. Or, relationships are healed, sins are forgiven, and even peace is restored.
So how do we engage our brains and our hearts before we open our mouths? Better still, how can we uses this powerful organ to glorify God and witness to our faith instead of weaponizing it for evil? Tomorrow we’ll ask James.
Come and see,
Speaking of our witness, this Sunday we observe “All Saints Day.”
In our tradition, All Saints Day is about giving God earnest gratitude for the lives and deaths of his saints, remembering those who were well-known and those who were not. We celebrate those great witnesses throughout Christian history such as Peter, John and Charles Wesley, and others who have personally guided us to faith in Jesus, such as one’s relative or friend. We will remember those of our church family who have passed away and you will also be given an opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of a loved one who has blessed your life.
Hope to see you Sunday,