Tongues in Service

I can bring flowers for church.

I can help at Sunday School.

I can greet people at the door.

I can sing in the worship band.

I can make teas and coffees.

I can do all sorts of things.

But I must not forget what comes from my mouth.

I must remember that the words I speak, the voice others hear, is part of the same body that brought, helped, greeted, sang, made. Our service to God does not begin and end with what our hands and feet do, however well-intentioned.

Today we are studying James 3:9-12; take a look:


With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.


Through James, we have been looking at the tongue, how it needs to be tamed, how we need to choose our words with wisdom and care.

Today, we see that this theme is continued as James shines a light on our inconsistencies.




Do we pray and sing and praise and worship with our voices one minute and then shout and gossip and slander the next?

We may not curse with bad language, we may refrain from using expletives…but if we use our words in ways that are not fruitful, or loving, or kind, or in keeping with the praises we have earlier uttered to our Heavenly Father, then we are no better than if we had.

Let us be consistent with our voices, with our words. Let us think twice before we speak, quick to think and slow to respond.


Thoughts for Today


  1. In what ways can we take care to avoid using our mouths as James has highlighted here? What can we do to take real steps towards being consistent?
  2. Look at the images from nature that James uses to illustrate his point; how do these help us to understand the ridiculousness of the inconsistencies we might display when we speak?
  3. What difference would it make to non-believers if we were more consistent and thoughtful with what we said?

Prayers for Today


  • Let’s pray today to be known as consistent Christians when it comes to our words.
Grace and Love
Helen x


  1. James 3:10 – such a good (and convicting verse)


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