This past weekend I shared at C3 about what it means to have life-giving communication as we continued our study of the book of James.
James 3:5-10, “The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. 7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses 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!”
Isn’t it true that sometimes we praise God and others with our mouth and the next thing we know we are being critical and negative? One minute we are blessing and the next we are cursing.
The word BLESS in the Greek is Eulogeo, where we get the word eulogy. It means “to speak well of or to express praise.” Unfortunately, there are times that the only time we bless someone is after they are dead. Wouldn’t it benefit that person much more if we were to bless them while they are still alive!
The word BLESS in Hebrew is Berakah. “The transmittal or endowment of the power of God’s goodness and favor, usually through the spoken word and often with the accompanying act of the laying on of hands.”
I want to encourage you this week to pray Numbers 6:24-26 over your children if you are a parent or another family member. Let’s use our tongues this week to make a difference! Just put your family members' name in the blank.
“May the Lord bless ________ and protect ________. May the Lord smile on _________ and be gracious to _________. May the Lord show His favor and give ________ peace.”
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