Words are important

LPUC eNews – Sunday 12 September 2021

There is no in person worship this Sunday due to the current COVID restrictions, however you can still watch the service online.

James 3:5-12, Words Are Important 

Words are how we communicate, express ourselves and get our ideas across. We use our tongue to do that. The Words from our tongue are very important. But more than that, our word and opinion have an impact on all things we engage with. James points out that the tongue is a small part of our body (vs.5) but it has enormous power to impact everything around us. The Tongue is like a fire and can set the whole forest on fire. 

James is challenging us on how we are going to control this flaming tongue. We put bits into the mouth of horses to make then obey us and we can turn the whole animal around. Ships, large as they can be are steered by a very small rudder wherever we want it to. Likewise, the tongue a small of our body need to be steered wisely by our words and resulting action. 

We seem to get involved in contrary actions with our tongue (vs.9-12). James points out we praise God with it, and we also curse men who have been made in the image of God. So arises the question then of how can we both praise and curse with our tongue. Hence, we are encouraged to pause and reflect on how we use our tongue. Words spoken are the right time can immensely impact not just individuals but nations too. So, let’s learn to watch our tongue.  By Alex Thomas, Oatley Uniting Church 

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