James 3:2-12
2 We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. 3 We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself. 7 People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Can you pick olives from a fig tree or figs from a grapevine? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty pool.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is no way to get around the fact that what we say reflects what we think and how we feel.  How we treat others will show in what we say to them.  Are we short and critical or are we kind and affirming?  Do we sometimes treat those we love with unkind words and sarcasm in our words to them?  James gives us a glimpse of what heaven will be like by telling us that our tongues are not always under control.  In the place where God’s will is done all the time, there are no unkind or mean words.  No one treats another with disrespect or hurtful words.  But here on earth, we must all learn to control our tongues.  Even for the most devote Christian, this is a problem.  Our words are so powerful that they can be remembered in the head of a child for years.  It is only when we are under the control of the Spirit of God that we are able to control what we say.  Only through His power will we ever be able to tame the tongue. We have no power within ourselves to do so, but God can.  Only when we turn to Him and make Him first in our lives will our speech reflect His will.  Let the power of God within you show you how to let His love reflect in what you say.

Have a God Day!