Humans have control over every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have controlled all these things. But no one can control the tongue. It is wild and evil, full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people who were created in God’s likeness. These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good water and bad water flow from the same spring? Of course not. My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives? Or can a grapevine make figs? No, and a well full of salty water cannot give good water. James 3:7-12.
Lately I think God is working on some change in my heart. I have been feeling more positive as well as more understanding of people’s negative actions. In fact someone made a comment about a mutual acquaintance to me lately and I let her talk. When she stopped I told her, “You know, lately every time that person does something that drives me insane, she goes and does something I admire.”
It’s easy to find the dirt because dirt is generally easy to see, but a lot of times those positive qualities aren’t quite so easy to spot. Which would be easier to spot on a yellow floor? A gold ring or a ruby necklace?
Our sermon in church this week was on James 3:1-12 and it was some heavy hitting stuff. Your tongue can be such a powerful tool but you will reap what you sow with it.
Instead of listening and spreading the gossip about “Jo”, get to know Jo. There may be a good reason she does what she does or you could find the entire story to be false. Find something positive to say about her so that the next time she becomes the topic of conversation, you have something positive to say about her. Imagine Jesus standing in your circle of friends. Would you want Him to hear what was being said? There is something to learn from a man who chose to minister and hang with life’s outcasts and we all have something to learn from that.