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James 3:9-10 “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.  My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

We were created to glorify and magnify our Father.  Everything we do should bring praise and honor to Him.  That includes, though not limited to, every single thing we speak, and yet we often use our mouths for purposes completely opposite to that.  James is writing to fellow believers in these passages—my brothers—and of all people who should have reason only to speak praiseworthy things, it should be those who have inherited eternal life.  Yet sometimes we reduce this instrument of praise to a weapon of destruction.  As James said, “These things ought not to be so.”  If we were to focus on what has been given to us in spite of the conditions of our hearts, we could do nothing but speak praises to our God.  Let us this day look to those things and not the seeming inadequacies of our fellow heirs.

Study/Meditation:  On what should you focus so that when your fellow brothers and sisters disappoint you in their actions, you can focus only on the majesty of God?  What can you do to aid you in this endeavor?

*Father, You are glorious and mighty and good, and I praise You today.  Help me to remember what You have given me.  Please forgive the misuse of my tongue.  Amen.