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People are made in God’s image, and we have no right to bless Him and then turn around and curse people. Our mouths should not be a fountain of blessing and cursing, the Bible makes clear. Just how easy is it to refrain from speaking terribly of someone we believe deserves our negativity? Hard. Challenging. In some cases, it might seem downright impossible. But God does not call us to do something without also enabling us to do it. Our job is to get our flesh under control and choose by the love, grace, and power of God to walk in His ways rather than our own. Through faith in Christ, we can love and forgive rather than be a fountain of verbal vengeance, spite, bitterness, hatred, etc.
Is your mouth a fountain of love and forgiveness, of mercy and blessing? Or, like in my own case, is it time for a cleansing?
Jas 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Jas 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Jas 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.