Last Sunday, we talked together about getting better at loving people, and one of the areas in which we talked about doing that was in the area of our conversation and speech, (Colossians 4:6). But the fact is, if we're not very cautious, there may be times when we don't even know what we sound like...what noises we're making. There is a strong danger that our conversation can do real damage. It can offend or hurt people, or even worse, push them away from the Gospel. It's this danger that James is writing about in James 3:1-12. (Verse 5 ought to especially resonate with us after last summer's wildfire season!) This vivid language all serves as a stark warning about our tongues...namely, we've got to keep a close check on them and not let them get out of control.
As you make sure your conversation is full of grace, what you choose NOT to say is often just as important as what you choose TO say. Listen carefully to yourself. Slow down and think about what you're about to say before you say it. Do everything you can to make sure you're not the one making noise that pushes people away.
- Pastor Paul