Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 August 2008 James 3:10‏

James 3:10    Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
 
Ah Friends, today we continue our discourse on that small but powerful instrument, that ‘unruly evil, full of deadly poison,’ the tongue, which no man can tame, but which we all must try valiantly to control. Not only does its awesome power cause strife and confusion, or hope and harmony, far outweighing its size, but it is also the wellspring of both cursing and blessing. A rather undesirable attribute to say the least people. ‘Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made in the image of God.’ (vs.9) Another anomaly of the tongue Friends, and not a nice one either. How can we bless God, and with the same instrument, turn around and curse men, made in the image of God? ‘And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image; in the image of God, created him..’ (Gen.1:26-27)  So cursing men could not be right people. As James says; ‘My brethren, these things ought not to be so.’ We’re being totally inconsistent. Although our likeness to God has been somewhat tarnished by our fall from grace, we’re still a perfect replica of Him, just our image is now a tad blurry. Bruh Paul states; ‘For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face…’ (1 Cor.13:12) Yes Friends, at the judgement day our images shall be sparkling and clear, and show our perfect reflection of God. So please don’t think that because we’re sinful and have a tainted, blurred image, we’ve lost our godly likeness, and that gives us the right to curse and abuse our fellow man. That’s a fallacy Friends. When you curse men, you’re still cursing God. But even so, following James’ argument; ‘doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine figs? So can no fountain yield salt water and fresh.’ (vs.11-12) That’s the gospel truth Friends! The same fountain cannot give you sweet and bitter water from the same place. Neither can a tree bear other that what it was designed for. That’s how the Lord programmed His creations; one thing or another, not both from the same creation. Why then should we think that we can bless God and curse men eh? On the contrary Friends, just as salt water can’t make sweet, those who curse others, can’t bless God. I know we now have desalination plants to turn salt water  sweet, but in James’ day, they didn’t. However Friends, the long and short of the story is that we can’t bless God and curse people made in His image. Cursing people is a true indication of what lies within us. Bruh Paul advised: ‘Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.’ (Rom.12: 14) And Jesus has the last word; a telling one for sure. ‘O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.’  (Mat.12:34-35)  Nuff said Friends. Much LOVE!…good and bad…can’t come from the same vessel…as simple as that…
 

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