With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
James 3:9-10 NIV
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There are those in our day who see God as all-loving and who allows everything because He loves us unconditionally. But the Bible tells us there are some things the Lord hates. Proverbs 6 lists seven things, and one of them is a lying tongue. This can mean someone who tells lies, or who speaks one thing to one person and something else to someone else – in other words, hypocrisy. James 3:9-10 deals with the same principle. The apostle writes this: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” Apparently, some things never change. Back in the early days of the church there were those who were hardly out of a worship service before they were tearing down a brother or sister in Christ. They had just been singing songs of praise to God and as James says, with the same tongue they are ripping apart someone else. In our day, we have all been guilty of doing the same. As James says “brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
These have been words from the heart.