James 3: 3 - 10 Streams of Blessings
3 [a]Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of [b]iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of [c]nature; and it is set on fire by [d]hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the [e]similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
How often does our mouth get us in trouble? There is a great line in the blockbuster musical “Hamilton” spoken by Aaron Burr. He says “Talk less…smile more…”. This is so true!
Some of the wisest people I have known have learned how to submit their tongues to the Lord. As we go through our days let’s strive to make the words of your mouth into streams of blessings.