Praise Or Cursing – April 29, 2016

James 3:9, With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

Proverbs 12:18, The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

 Matthew 15:18, But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.

 Psalm 19:14, May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

This week’s blogs have examined what James, the brother of Jesus, said about our tongues. Check out my blog to read or listen to the earlier Inspirational Thoughts, www.johnmarkcaton.com.The final point James makes about the tongue is that it is equally capable of praise or cursing! James said in James 3:9, With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”  Let me read that last verse again, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

I recently read a story about a Jesuit community of priests where the priests had three simple rules to make their lives together more bearable.

Rule #1: You’re Not God! So don’t act superior to everyone around you.

Rule #2: This Isn’t Heaven! So don’t complain about everything.

Rule #3: Don’t Be A Jerk! They actually used a much harsher word than jerk which is also a synonym for donkey, but you get the point.

We would all do well to remember those three rules when considering the words we use. Are you arrogant? Do you tend to quickly complain about most things or people? Are you rude to those you know or those you don’t know? If you think about it, point #3, “Don’t Be A Jerk,” sums up all 3 rules up. Be aware of what you say & how you say it.

Make sure that this week you are NOT a synonym for ‘donkey’!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D