There are graphic word pictures in this passage about the tongue. James gives a good measuring stick to use to test your wisdom in life. Try measuring one example of your own wisdom using these attributes of wisdom.
James kind of gives a bit of a hook in the beginning of today’s passage, “And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his whole body.”
You can imagine sometimes people, and maybe even us, could think we might be able to tick this box.
“… 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 cruse 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.”
James puts to bed any idea that we could potentially attain perfection by way of never stumbling in what we say.
Instead, he exhorts us to seek out God’s wisdom!
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
God’s wisdom is how we bridle our tongue.
* Almighty God,
Please help us to be a people that seek out Your wisdom and apply it each day, so that we may speak what is good and right.
That our words would be pointing people to Jesus!
Please help us Lord, for we are as James says, that out of our mouths come both blessing and curse.