James 3:7-12 (NLT): “People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth.
Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.”
As Selwyn mentions in today’s study, ‘it is impossible to tame the tongue by human methods. … A miracle has to happen within – deep in the spirit. And only the Holy Spirit can accomplish that.’
I think this issue is an ongoing-battle, we constantly need to seek God’s help in prayer – to guide us in the right choice of words. Consequently, today’s prayer is one, that perhaps we should say on a fairly regular basis.
“O God, I don’t want my life to be incongruous, like a spring gushing with salt water and fresh water. I want to live abundantly – sending out only love. I surrender my spirit to Your Spirit. Please give me the miracle I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”