Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. – James 3:10

The moment the words came out of my mouth, I knew they were not what I meant to say and could hurt my co-worker. It wasn’t the first time and wouldn’t be the last time I wasn’t able to moderate my tongue. In sorrow, I prayed, Lord, please forgive me, cancel the effect these words might have had. Help me tame my tongue, be quick to hear and slow to speak!  

One of the many ways to stir up, or quench, the manifestation of the Lord Jesus through our lives is through our words. The tongue is a little member that can quickly spread a big fire of blessing or cursing, of life or death. Our words bring either direction or destruction; contribution or contamination; encouragement or discouragement. With it, we lead others unknowingly. 

Let’s bless our Lord and others with words, confess Jesus is Lord, and praise His holy name. Blessing, not cursing. As we pray in the spirit, worship and witness, we stir up the gift of God that is in us. As we surrender and submit ourselves to the Lord, He enables us to tame our tongue, from glory to glory!