Scripture for Today: James 3:10-11 “From the same mouth come praise and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”
We had been to this small Alsacian village many times, having coffee at the “place de la Marie” with a view of this fountain. But on the occasion of the “Fête de Ribeauvillé” there was a happy crowd surrounding it. The streets were full of costumed people participating in a parade. But there seemed to be just as much interest in the fountain. We checked it out and found to our surprise that instead of dispensing water, there was white wine flowing from those spouts! No wonder there was a crowd and no wonder they seemed happy!
Today’s verse talks about what pours out of our mouths. With that one opening we can curse or praise others. The same mouth that prays piously on Sunday at church can also be a source of filth at the wheel when cut off by another driver. James tells us not that this is impossible or never done. He tells us that this should not be. As believers, that uncontrollable tongue can be controlled by the indwelling Spirit. As believers, we are to be characterized by fresh water speaking only what is helpful and good to hear (Eph. 4:29).
That bitter water pouring out is a sign that something is not right in my heart (Matt. 12:34). Even if no one hears those ugly bitter words, it reveals a problem needing to be resolved. I cannot control this tongue on my own. It is impossible without Him. But with His help my mouth can always be a blessing to those listening.
Lord, I need You to control my mouth today!