James has been bemoaning the fact that we use our same mouth for blessing and cursing, and this ought not to be so…
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? (James 3:11)
In tomorrow’s verse, he will use the example of a fig tree. A tree can’t produce two different kinds of fruit; nor can a sick tree produce healthy fruit. A spring can’t produce two different qualities of water. It is either pure or polluted.
Fresh water from a spring is delightful, but polluted water is dangerous. Fresh fruit from a tree is delightful, but rotten fruit is disgusting. Our words have the ability to delight or damage, and it depends on the state of the heart from which they come. If our heart is healthy, it will produce words that delight people. If our heart is sick, it will produce words that damage people.
In tomorrow’s devotional, we will wrap up this section on the tongue. I plan to share something with you that may not be easy to “hear,” but if we take it to heart it can help us move forward in our Christian walk. Please don’t miss tomorrow’s lesson on the tongue…
Today’s Good News is that the Holy Spirit can clean up our word pollution, and give us a pure tongue that delivers life-giving words to others.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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