Closing now, let’s look now at verses 9-12:
“Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.”
Wow. What a sobering thought! What contradiction can lay in the nature of the tongue! If we aren’t careful, we will often bless God and curse our brothers with the same tongue!
The tongue, you see, can be used for the highest calling there is, that being to bless and praise the Almighty God. It can also be used for an absolutely unholy purpose, that being to curse men, who have themselves been fashioned after the image of God!
Genesis 1 assures of us that truth: all mankind is made after the image of God! We all possess the Imago Dei, that image of God! How then can we bless God and use the same tongue to curse men made in His image? This should not be! No matter how fat or ugly or silly or trashy or ignorant a person may be, they are still branded with the glorious image of God!
He Loves each and every one of us! We should always respect that. The speech of the believer – the teacher or otherwise – should always be one consistent in its glorification of the Lord! Our vocabulary should not change between church and home and work or between one person and another. As James says, no spring yields both saltwater and freshwater, and just the same our mouths shouldn’t do it either. This is a serious contradiction, friends!
If bad fruit and bitter water continuously come forth from the same source as good fruit and sweet water, then there is no contradiction, you see. The tree is bad! The spring is spoiled! The faith is false…
Jesus said in Matthew 12, verses 34-37:
“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
A man’s words are a reliable revelation of his inner character. What we say, how we say it, is an indicator of what we are. Matthew 15:18 says “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”
Our words reveal who we are. Are you prepared for that reality? Are you comfortable with that revelation? Even more so, are you prepared to justify to the Lord every word that you utter?! Can you look the Lord in the face and say you honored Him with your words and actions?
Friends, what does your tongue say about you? What does your speech, your attitudes towards others, say about your faith?
I want you to think today about where you stand with the Lord. Have you placed your faith in Him? Have you opened your heart to Him, letting Him come in and control your venomous tongue? The Bible tells us that our tongue is capable of great things depending on how we use it.
Romans 14:11 tells us something else too:
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
Friends, one way or another, sooner or later, we will acknowledge the Lord, each and every one of us, on our knees and with our tongues. Why not do so now? Have you given your heart to Him yet?
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