In the past few weeks God has continued to bring James 1:19 to my mind. It says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” There is a lot of anger in the world right now. Something that concerns me is that when I listen to or read people’s thoughts, I sometimes have a hard time distinguishing the Christians from the lost. We get angry. We find it important to tell people how wrong they are, but we do it in a way that does not show the love of the Father. We speak from a place of anger instead of taking the time to pray and ask God to give us words that might draw people to Him.
James 3:8-10 reads, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” It’s hard. I know. We think something and we feel we need to say it. It takes discipline and prayer and study of the word to tame the tongue, but there should be a difference in the speech of a lost person and the speech of a saved person.
Another great reference is Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Whatever is in our hearts usually comes out through our mouths. If the words that we speak don’t point others to Christ and His love for them and His desire to save them, we need to look at the abundance of our hearts and see what’s really there. Speak from a place of love. Words are powerful.