A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it?
–James 3:11 MSG
James 3:9-12 talks about fresh and salt water flowing from the same source. It’s comparing this spring to what comes out of your mouth: cursings or blessings. The definition of brackish water is salt water and fresh water mixed together. Are the words that come from your mouth a mix of good and bad? Words are very powerful.
James 3:9 talks about how you bless God, and yet sometimes curse men who have been made in His image. These things must not be. Speak kindness to one another. 1 Timothy 5:13 tells you not to be a busybody or gossip about anyone. Your mouth or tongue is compared to a rudder on a ship (James 3:4). Ephesians 4:29 tells you not to have any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but build others up. James 1:26 (NIV) reminds, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves and their religion is worthless.”
Let the rivers of living water flow from your heart (John 7:38). Let the Holy Spirit be the filter that your words are passing through. He is always at your side.
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you not to be a troublemaker or a gossip. Instead, ask Him to help you build up your friendships.
- Thank God for loving you first, so you could love others and not act or talk like a fool, but to follow His example of love.