April 28, 2022 Give Thanks

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.

Hebrews 13:15 Profess His Name Through Praise

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15

Praise and honor are often given to a person who is outstanding in some area or does something very extraordinary. People who see someone do something great are willing to give some praise.

However, very few people are willing to give praise if it requires a sacrifice on their part. Instead of focusing on others, they focus upon themselves and what is best for them. They do not want to go out of their way for someone else.

As the author of Hebrews closes out this letter, he encourages the people to continually offer God a sacrifice of praise through Jesus. This can be seen as fruit from professing His name openly.

A sacrifice is something that a person gives up that he needs or could use. It will often hurt some or a lot in order to give it up.

The concept of giving a sacrifice of something is often frowned upon by modern believers, because it appears to be legalistic and of the law. In order to avoid a sacrifice, many will claim that Jesus is the only sacrifice.

Believers cannot sacrifice to God to gain salvation, but because they are saved they are willing to sacrifice to Him.

One of the greatest sacrifices a person can give God is the lips of praise. Directly giving God praise is one way. However, a greater way of praise is to talk about Jesus to everyone one meets. This can be difficult, takes precious time to do and may cost a lot, thus it is a sacrifice

When a person tells others about Jesus and God, he is giving the greatest praise possible. It is doing what Jesus came to do. It is following the heart of God.

Think of what Jesus had to sacrifice in order to take away your sins and give you life. Out of love for what He has done, be willing to give a sacrifice of praise.

Start with just taking time to directly praise God, telling Him how great He is and how much you love Him. Then continue the sacrifice of praise by telling others that same information.

The world is dying and needs to hear that message and it is the greatest honor you can give God as you pass it on.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will praise God continually throughout the day; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will sacrifice your time, energy and resources to praise God; and that others will know Jesus through your praise.