"But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." James 3:8-10
The other day I made a statement that caused great pain to someone I love. They were careless words that were delivered with little or no thought, but nevertheless they did much damage. There is power in the words we speak. The words we speak can build up or they can tear down. They can encourage or discourage. They can bring peace or they can bring turmoil. The power of our words extends much further than that which is audible to our ears. Our words carry the authority to bring blessings or curses. James tells us that our tongue is a mighty powerful weapon. He compares it to a bit placed in the mouth of a horse and to the rudder of a great sailing ship. In both cases, it is a very small device that controls the direction of something much bigger. Can our words be powerful enough to control the destiny of others? Yes, in fact the words that we speak not only affect contemporaries, but future generations to come. But it doesn't stop there, know that the principle of blessing and cursing applies to the words that we speak concerning ourselves; our health and our memory as well. It even applies to the words that we speak over our jobs, our cities, our country, and our President. With this much at stake we need to be more careful with our words. Yes, the power of the words that we speak is great but so is our responsibility as Christians to wield them wisely.
"......For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed." Num 22:6
Pastor Frank Dodson