6 A fool’s lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calls for blows.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.
James 3:2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
When the Bible talks a lot about a particular subject, it must have been a needed topic. Think about it, the first recorded human conversation was a man using his words to attack his wife and his God. Genesis 3:12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” From then on, mankind has used words to attack each other. God had to command people to be kind to each other, to treat each other right. Our sinfulness seeks ways to use words to get around our sin, to justify it, or to blame it on someone else.
Today’s verse says that a fool’s mouth is his destruction. While we think we are justifying ourselves, in actuality, we are destroying ourselves. Every time we use our mouths to blame-shift, to attack, to get our way, to cut down, and to gossip, we are hurting ourselves the most. People who always talk about others end up alone. Their mouth becomes their greatest enemy.
The warning is obvious, as children of God, blood-bought joint-heirs with Christ, we are not to be like the fools of this world. Our words are to be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving, and edifying. Our words are to be prayerful and filled with comfort. At times our words need to be corrective but never in anger or in bitterness. When correcting our words should be filled with love and compassion for the one we are correcting (and we correct others only after we have removed the beam from our own eye).
The greatest way to use our words is to use them to exalt the Savior, to lift Him up in this world. When we use our words for Christ, we will find great fulfillment as givers of life instead of takers of life. We can be faithful to our new Father when we use our words to show Him to those who hear us.
It is hard to believe that it is Friday already. Where do the weeks go? I am preparing a message from Colossians 1:15-20 and have been amazed to see twelve different descriptions of Christ in these six verses. In Colossians, Christ is exalted over and over. This section was probably a hymn of praise to Christ that was sung in the first century. When we sing praise to our Savior, we are joining the saints of the past two thousand years. Yes, Christ is worthy.
Our little nephew seems to be healing a bit ahead of schedule. We are thankful. He is still wired up and has IV’s in him. He looks quite pitiful. Keep his parents, Shawn and Suzanna, in your prayers too.
Pray for Sunday, for all who will be serving the Lord and His kingdom. Pray for those coming that Satan will be defeated and that God’s power will be made known.
Have a great day in the Lord,