James 3:9-10 How Are You Speaking?

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

Cursing someone or something or some situation is extremely common throughout the world. No matter where a person goes, he usually does not have to wait long to hear someone cursing.

People get angry about someone or something, and rather than work through their anger, they curse about it. Destruction is desired. This happens often right after speaking good.

James points out that people praise God and curse people and that this should not ever happen.

The problem with cursing is something that does not happen just outside the church. Many believers continue to have the same problem in their own lives. They will praise God on Sundays or around certain people, but then curse other people for doing wrong to them.

Every time a believer curses another person, he has forgotten that God made that person and also put himself in the place of God to judge a person in a sinful way.

There is nothing wrong with being angry with another person, but being angry does not give a person a reason to curse. All cursing is just releasing selfishness, because one did not get his own way. It also forgets the wrongs one has done himself.

Any time someone does something wrong, the believer must realize that person is made in the image of God and remember how much God loves that person. Pointing out a wrong does not include cursing the person. The believer must give God praise and trust Him in the situation, rather than bring down curses.

As with many believers you may struggle with cursing others. At times you want to curse someone, stop and take time to put your focus upon God and His great love and mercy. Realize how much God has loved you and had mercy upon you and the other person, then extend that love and mercy to others.

Seek God to know how to speak to others out of love, rather than out of cursing. Cursing only reveals hatred and anger and does not solve anything, if anything, it makes things worse.

Are there both praises and cursing coming out of your mouth?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will praise God; that you will have God’s love and mercy in your heart for others; that God will strengthen you to resist cursing others; and that you will speak the words of God to others.

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