Had a great conversation this morning at breakfast with Tim Rivers. We were talking about the way God sees us and the way he wants us to see ourselves–as created in the image of God. Tim mentioned this video, one of several in an amazing series of videos by Dove. Check it out.
Well, well. Seems to me that many of us don’t hesitate to cuss ourselves in ways we would never cuss others. Makes me think of our good brother, James, and his powerful word on our wagging tongue:
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 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. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” (James 3:6-12)
With our tongue we “curse people who are made in the likeness of God.” Are you a “people” made in the likeness of God? How do think God feels about you bad-mouthing his masterpiece? James says, “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.” Another way of saying, “Do you eat with that mouth?!” Says James: “My brothers [and sisters], these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?” We cannot spend our days praising God while cursing the offspring of God. You are his child, and he commands you to stop cursing yourself.
Spoken blessing is a well of water that bring health and life. “Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” Open up a well of blessing in your own mouth about your own self. Speak what God says about you, rather than what your enemy says about you. Wash your mouth.