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Powered by 4 - March 4, 2016

Small But Powerful

Today's reading: James 3:1-12

Our tongues are powerful, and we can turn them into weapons of destruction—in an instant—when we allow our human nature to take charge of our emotions. I'd like to say this doesn’t happen very often, but as James points out in James 3:8, "no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." Every time I read James 3:1-12, it makes me cringe because James is dead on correct, and I'm never at a loss to recall examples of words that I have spoken that were insensitive, gossip, too harsh, not loving, angry—you get the picture. Our inability to be completely tame our tongues, however, doesn't mean we can't temper what comes out of our mouths in a pretty significant way. In fact, with God's help, we absolutely can! And that is exactly what God wants and expects from us.

Do you think of your tongue as “a restless evil, full of deadly poison”? When are you more likely to allow negative or hurtful words to come out of your mouth? What are some things that help you keep your words in check? Tami

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