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“With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been mad in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing.” James 3:9-10

The tongue is the most powerful part of our body. The tongue is what allows us to speak. The words that are produced by our tongue can have a significant impact on the direction our live has gone and will continue to go. The words we choose to produce with our tongue can bring a plethora of feelings, such happiness, joy, pain, sadness, loneliness, and fear, into our lives. These varieties of feelings can in turn have a huge impact on how we handle and get through the various situations and circumstances that arise in our lives.

This verse is important because it reminds us of the power and impact the tongue can have on our lives. The tongue gives us a picture of our basic human nature. We were made in God’s image, but we have also fallen into sin. The fact that it is in our human nature to sin is what allows the tongue to both bless and curse at the same time. Deep down we desire to use our tongue in ways that will bless, but at times the sinful part of us overshadows that desire and instead of blessing with our tongue we curse with our tongue. Because of the power struggle between blessing and cursing that is going on within us on a daily basis it is imperative that we allow God to change us from within each day.

We must allow Christ to purify our hearts. By allowing Christ to purify our hearts we become more like Him. We start to reflect His qualities, such as self-control, patience, goodness and so forth. The self-control that we gain can help us in controlling our tongue. By having more control of our tongue we are better able to produce words that please God instead of words that disappoint Him. I urge you to choose today and everyday that follows to use your tongue as one that overflows with words of encouragement and hope to all those that surround you.