You Are What You Say

August 4, 2018

In James 3:1-12, James has been addressing the power of the tongue and the problems it causes when it is not under the control of the Holy Spirit.  Today we conclude this section…



Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs?  Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.  (James 3:12)



A tree is identified by the fruit it produces, and a Christian may also be recognized (or not) by the words he produces.  Besides salvation, I think this is one of the most important topics for Christians to hear.  Many believers hold to impeccable doctrine and excellent moral standards, but they have never learned how to control their tongue because their attitude is not right.


If you have a negative attitude you can expect negative words to come out of your mouth.  This is one thing holding many Christians back from a closer walk with the Lord, and from enjoying close friendships with other Christians.


Okay, I warned you that today’s devotional would be challenging.  I am going to show you something a bit scary…



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1)


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14)



Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh.  God revealed Himself to us through the Person of Jesus.  Notice what Jesus was called – the WORD of God.  Jesus is the Word that reveals who God is.


Our words reveal who we are.  We often make excuses for ourselves when we say something we shouldn’t.  I was having a bad day.  I wasn’t myself.  But our words reveal who we really are.  They reflect the state of our relationship with Christ.


The next time you tell a lie, remember that your words reveal your character.  The next time you spread gossip, remember that your words reveal your character.  The next time you complain about other people, remember that your words reveal your character.  The next time you criticize, remember that your words reveal your character.


Lying isn’t something you do – a liar is something you are.  Gossiping isn’t something you do – a gossip is something you are.  Complaining isn’t something you do – a complainer is something you are.  Criticizing isn’t something you do – a critic is something you are.


Death and life are in the power of the tongue.  (Proverbs 18:21a)


Your tongue can be an incredible tool for good, or it can be a weapon of mass destruction.  How you use it will depend on how mature you are in Christ, so whenever you open your mouth to speak, please remember that you are what you say.



Today’s Good News is that under the control of the Holy Spirit, our tongue can be a wonderful tool to show the world we love Jesus.


Now, go share the Good News…




(Day #65)



If you are joining us part way through this Journey in James, you can access the devotionals you have missed in the archives.  (The series started on June 1.)



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