Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.
Last night my wife caused a slight commotion on her Facebook posting. On her way home from work she passed a church that had on its sign “Keep your words soft and sweet incase you need to eat them later.” When I opened my Bible to do today’s reading out of James 3 and the discussion was on the words we say, it made me think of that sign. I do not know which church it was that posted that sign, or exactly where it was at, but those words are so true.
The words we say can hurt. The words we say can cut a person very deep, make them feel very small, and send them away hurting in ways we may not have intended. James tells us to be very careful with the words that roll off of our tongue. Like a small spark that sets a forest ablaze, our words can set off feelings and emotions we may never intend.
I also like what James says when he says … “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men …. My brothers this should not be.” As followers of Christ our goal should be to continually purify our mouths; to build up rather than tear down. You see our words stem from the heart, and in Christ we should be undergoing a heart makeover. If this transformation is allowed to take its course, the nasty words will cease and praise will triumph.
So friends, what kind of words roll of your tongue? Are the words that role of your tongue words you would want to take back? Would they be nasty and hard like stale bread, or soft and sweet like a Donut Shop donut (For you in Zanesville a Donald’s Donut or for you elsewhere who can stomach them a Krispy Kreme donut)? I pray that the heart transformation is taking place, and your words are soft and sweet.