Fresh or Bitter.
’Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?’ James 3:11 (NLT)
If you have ever visited a spring, you will know that the water is always fresh, and not bitter. In the same vein our lives as believers must be fresh, and not bitter!
When we speak faith, speak life and speak blessing we are consistent with the life of a believer. On the other hand, when we choose to curse people, lie and defraud with our tongue we are bringing out bitter water, and this is not right.
We are encouraged to watch what we say. Before you make any statement, ask yourself the following: Are my words edifying? Will it sweeten my life and the lives of others? Will it cause comfort or will it bring confusion? Will it cause others to despise the work of grace in my life? Will it bring glory to God? Will Jesus utter those words if he were in my shoes?
Answering these questions sincerely will enable us to tame our tongue.
Use your tongue to bless and not to curse.
Use your tongue to give life and not to kill.
Use your tongue to give hope and not to cause depression.
Use your tongue to encourage and not to demoralize.
Use your tongue to spread the gospel and not to gossip.
Use your tongue to bless!
Whenever we are tempted to speak the wrong things concerning our lives, our future or the lives of people around us, let us remember that, ‘death and life are in the power of the tongue.’Prov 18:21
Make this your motto: ‘I’ll rather keep silent than say the wrong thing!’
The Lord will help us continually bring forth fresh water from our life spring!
Prayer: Thank you father for the tongue you gave me; a tongue that can bring forth life. Help me Lord to use it for your glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
The LA family.
Culled from The LA family’s Devotional for Today. Day 110.