My daughter and I have many dealings together. We are partners in real estate and work very closely on various aspects of our business. Occasionally we will run across other humans who try our patience and push us to the edge of our faith. Though we are careful not to step across the line between good and evil, the temptation is real, and if it wasn’t for Jesus, some poor soul would have their heart yanked out and sliced into a million pieces! I know I just wrote about keeping control of your tongue a few days ago, but James comes back to that again in chapter 3. The timing is perfect, because she and I were just talking about this very thing. She said that when she worked as a deputy in the jail, that some of the people couldn’t hear her unless she stooped to their level and blasted them with the same language they used, and it was the only way to shut them down. The tongue is a very powerful weapon, and it can make you or break you. James describes the tongue as fire, poison, and salt! We are able to tame wild animals, yet cannot tame the tongue! At the end of our conversation, we decided that being we are not dealing with inmates, we would continue to keep our mouths on a tight leash, so that we maintain our good testimony through our dealings. My suggestion to you is that you do the same. We certainly don’t want to disappoint our Savior.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. James 3:9-10