Would a person really give their right arm? If so, what would be the purpose? I have found that we have sayings that make no sense, or sound like a curse: “I love you to death.” This doesn’t sound like “till death us do part.” Are your thoughts fruitful and life-producing?
Our words have power. Countless studies have shown the impact of the thoughts leading to words, and the effect they have on the individual and those around them. We know “sticks and stones can break [one’s] bones,” but we also know that words can kill the soul of another; as can casting a look of disdain, disapproval and so on.
Conversely, words of encouragement, godly principles and truth, have the power to produce life. All that is spoken and done in God’s love brings healing and wholeness. So, we can see why James 3:10 says: “Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts] AMP. The conflict is revealed in verse nine: “With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God.”
Having two opposing thoughts | values produces instability. According to James 1:8, “Being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides];” points to thought power. We wash and renew our soul (mind, will, emotions) when we spend time meditating on God’s Word. What goes in, will eventually come out. Fortunately, believers in Christ have the Holy Spirit to nudge their conscience when thoughts, then words begin to pour forth, which reveal areas of double-mindedness.
My prayer today is that we will be mindful of our thought power before these thoughts become words that mingle blessing and cursing. That we will purpose in our hearts to think on those things that are pure, lovely, excellent, and of good report. (Philippians 4:8). Let’s thank God today that “[He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control] II Timothy 1:7. May we be those whose words are fruitful and produce life.
Blessings and joy,