Bless or Curse

Bless or Curse?

Several years ago, Colby and I took a trip to Arizona. We spent time in Phoenix before heading towards the Grand Canyon. Due to forest fires in the area, we had to forego our plans to make a stop in Sedona. I am not sure what the extent was of the damage that was caused, but I do know that even though we were miles away, the smell of smoke and the foggy air was noticeable and it made me thing about these three words: bless or curse.

It doesn’t take more than a cigarette butt to set ablaze a massive fire. And the extend of damage that a fire can cause truly is heartbreaking, including not just physical damage, but death too. And the tongue? It’s no different. You can bless or curse. “It’s a small part of the body yet it carries great power… the tongue is a fire… it is the most dangerous part of our human body.” James 3:5-6, TPT

I am not sure I realize how truly powerful the tongue is, but the verses in James 3 sure do put it into perspective. It’s so powerful that scripture addresses it over and over. Words can be so hurtful when spoken negatively and the opposite is true too: words have the power to speak life and bring blessing. “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21 I can’t help but notice all of the people on social media who constantly curse those around them. There is so much death being spoken about others, including over this nation and our new president.

“We use our tongue to praise God our Father and then turn around and curse a person who was made in his very image! Out of the same mouth we pour out words of praise on minute and curses the next. My brothers and sister, this should never be!” James 3:9-10

So are you going to choose to bless or curse those around you? Whether it’s your spouse, someone you have never met, or Donald Trump, you get to make the decision, but remember each and every person is made in God’s very image and the “tongue carries great power” (James 3:5). You have the choice to speak life and when you speak death or cursing, “it releases a fire that can burn throughout the course of human existence.”

Choose to bless those around you, even those who are hard to love. Choose to pray over this nation and our new president, instead of words that curse. Choose to speak words that honor Christ. Spend time using your tongue to bring praise and honor to Christ.

Bless or Curse

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  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:05h, 20 January Reply

    Yes & amen… people forget how powerful it can be. & they use it so unwisely.
    How different the world would be if it was more controlled.
    Its been something I’ve worked on through the years. It can be done.

  • Amie
    Posted at 14:50h, 20 January Reply

    It’s so crazy I was just thinking about this very thing today!! Even about myself that I need to be away of what I am saying and that it shouldn’t be anything negative about anyone. Should just be uplifting. Thank you for the reminder.

  • torthúil
    Posted at 17:54h, 20 January Reply

    Yes. There is a time for criticism, definitely, and I stand with whoever is going to tell the truth….even if the way they do it is rude. But in most cases, ugly words just create a haze of ugliness over life and its problems that make them seem even harder to solve.

  • Tedi
    Posted at 11:29h, 21 January Reply

    I’ve been thinking those same things, and have caught myself doing that to someone I love dearly. Now that I recognize it, I’m hopeful I can change my bad habits.

  • Kristy
    Posted at 11:52h, 21 January Reply

    Spot on. I don’t even look at FB news feed anymore. I’m tired of that very thing and what goes in our heads will eventually seep into our hearts and come out our mouths. And to be perfectly, I’m much less stressed since making this change, which goes to show how powerful words can be.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 22:44h, 21 January Reply

    Yes, and this is not based on our personal preference but on the Word of God. The Lord isn’t asking us to pray for our current leaders while continuing to curse our previous leadership for example . We have to be consistent because the love of Christ knows no bounds and our words matter. Praying this wisdom for us ALL.

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