Read: James 3:1-12

Homer was once quoted as saying, “The tongue of man is a twisty thing.”  And how twisty it can sometimes be!

It’s not too often I continue a Sunday message in my midweek email but this week I felt the Holy Spirit leading in that way. Sunday I said, “controlling our tongue is one of the toughest battles we face in our spiritual lives.”  As this week has gone on and I have heard from several of you “thinking” about your words, I’ve come to realize why this is.

Some battles in life are faced yearly or as they come along in life. Health concerns, family issues, work problems, school relationships, and the list can go on.  But each and every day that we awake and start a new day, we can be assured that our tongue and our words are going to come into play that day.

Sometimes it is our words, and at other times it can be our attitude or our tone of voice.  Francois de la Rochefoucauld (same that name really fast five times) once said, “Ninety percent of the friction of daily life is caused by the wrong tone of voice.”  Very interesting thing to think about.

I shared an acrostic Sunday that helps us to think about our words and our tone before we speak, it went like this….

T …. is it True
H …. is it Helpful
I …. is it Inspiring
N …. is it Necessary
K …. is it Kind

Not that all of our communication has to be totally necessary or inspiring, but by asking these questions we can think about how our words and our tone will affect our family, our friends, our co-workers, our classmates, and …….. ourselves.  Yes, the words coming out of our mouths can drastically affect us as well.  They can give us a good feeling about ourselves or a not so good feeling about ourselves.

I’m not sure how you have applied James 3 to your interactions this week but I would encourage you to read it again sometime in your devotions.  And then pray and ask the Lord to help you in this area.  We can never be reminded enough about the power of our words…. spoken, written, or texted.

Make it personal:  On Sunday it was mentioned that someone at work has this acrostic posted in front of them throughout their day.  I am doing that here at my desk and I would encourage you to do the same.  Put it in a place that you will see it often.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church