“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not be so.”.- James 3:10
James dedicates a whole chapter on taming the tongue. It is very clear that he does not take the issue lightly. We are all guilty of what he speaks of in todays verse…no exceptions. In the modern world of today it is even easier to fall into this trap. The internet gives a sense of immunity, but the effects of the tongue are the same.
We are called to something better. If a juicy piece of gossip comes our way what are we going to do? Are we going to participate in its spread, or take make it go no further than us? Just because it comes to us does not mean it needs to branch out from us. The tongue can do great damage. It can ruin reputations, relationships, and has even caused some to end their own lives. We must take the words that James writes to heart. If we have an issue with something someone is doing it must be taken to them in private. That is the loving and respectful way to go about it. Above all we must remember that nobody is exempt from the forgiveness of Christ. A private discussion does much more than a public shaming. Resolve today to control your tongue and pray for the strength to do so.