Your Weekly Encouragement from Point of Grace
Today's post is for me as much as it is for anyone. Many of you know Dana, our band leader, and he is always saying "Words that hurt, words that heal...", to remind us to watch our mouths whenever the conversation turns gossipy. Our words have mighty power-for good and for bad. And we can't use the excuse that we just "can't help" what we say. If we have the power of God's spirit in us, we DO have the ability to choose how we use our words. It's about making the right choice. If we are striving to become more like Christ, we can choose to use our words to help and heal others, instead of to hurt them.
James 1:27 says: "If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless." Anyone else feel like their religion is a little "worthless" after reading that?? I do.
These are pretty strong words. James is telling us that even if we are religious in other areas of our lives, if we can't control what we SAY, our religion is worthless. He doesn't say this to discourage us from trying to control our tongues, but to remind us that if we DO, we will most likely have the discipline to control ourselves in every other way. The mouth is the hardest thing to guide, because it's just so easy... think about it today!