James 3:9-10 says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”
James says that many stand and sing choruses during Sunday service and on the way home curse the driver who pulled in front of them. Many religiously say their prayers on Monday morning, but at work lie to their employer as to why they’re late. Many attend small group on Wednesday, but spread office slander at the work party on Friday. We are schizophrenic much of the time and that is not good, nor honouring to God, nor worthy of Christ. A schizophrenic mouth is not consistent with a truly converted person. That why James says, “My brothers (and sisters), this should not be!”
James 3 tells us that our speech is powerful, dangerous, untameable and schizophrenic. We all struggle in this area. How do we change our speech and move from words that do the devil’s work (v6) to words that honour God? The answer is that we change our heart.