“Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so, blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?” James 3:9-11
There is a story of a stream that came out of a beautiful mountain. It was clear and the cleanest pure water that could be found anywhere. There was an old man that lived at the top of the mountain that worked to remove all the limbs and trash from the steam before it flowed into the city. As it always is, the people that lived in the city below did not understand why the water was so clear and pure. One day at the city council meeting they decided to let the old man go because it cost for him to keep the stream clear. It did not take long for the stream to become dirty and it was not pure any longer. This is what God does for us. He keeps the trash and limbs out of our stream of thought. This is what keeps our speech pure and clean. If we think that we don’t need God anymore, our speech becomes evil. James has talked a lot about our speech. It is because our speech is so important. As a child, I always heard sticks and stone can break my bones, but bad words cannot hurt me. This saying is a lie from the pits of hell. More damage has been done to children by what is said than any other harm. What we say to someone can last a lifetime. I know that I have spoken before I thought and it caused problems. My prayer is that God will send me the pure clean water so that my speech can be uplifting and a blessing to others.
Today’s Bible Reading: Proverbs 18:4-21