Daily Walk Devotional


According to James, it’s impossible both to praise God and to speak poisonously of other people.


Excerpt from today’s reading:


People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. —James 3:7-12


Daily insight:


Slander has been called the third tongue, inflicting injury on three people at once: the speaker, the hearer, and the one spoken about. According to James, it’s impossible to praise God and poison others simultaneously (James 3:10-12). Try reading a praise psalm out loud next time you feel like venting about the faults you see in someone else.

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