Taming the Tongue

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As I have written before, the Book of James is an extremely practical book in the New Testament. James focused his book on new converts to the Christian faith who needed to learn how to maintain and grow their faith within a troubled world and in a Roman Empire that could be very hostile to Christians. James touches on timeless topics that remain incredibly applicable today. Chapter 3 is no exception—taming the tongue. I am struck by the power of this passage:

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” – James 3:9-12


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