Bitter & Sweet
"And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." James 3:6-8 (ESV)
The bible says the tongue can set on fire the course of nature. This fire can the be a source of heat and light or it can be a source of destruction. Like fire, our words can be either productive or destructive. In this same chapter the question is asked “Does a fountain give forth at the same time sweet water and bitter?” The image of a fountain may be for you a thing of recreation but remember that they were first built to provide thirst quenching water, to relieve thirst. Every fountain must have its own source of uncontaminated, unobstructed flow of water if it is to serve anyone. The human body is about 50-65% water, both the brain and heart are made up of 75% water, and 72% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. Water is essential to life. As believers, we carry the true source of living water and this source should be from where we draw our words. Jesus says, “That the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life.” Our words should do no less than speak life. The very words of Jesus are what give us life; He said that He would be in us like a well springing up into everlasting life. Words never die, they can never be unspoken, never be recalled - words have power. Hebrews 11:3 Tells us that the worlds were framed by the word of God. Like Christ, our words have power. They have the power to heal or wound, to encourage or discourage, to bless or curse, to destroy or build up the people that God places in front of us. The taste buds that identify sweetness are on the front of our tongues. The taste buds that identify bitterness are located on the back of our tongues. Like the positioning of our taste buds, our words should first be sweet and gentle and our destructive words should be bitter to us first and rejected, so they never reach the front and be spoken. As the fountains (vessels) of which Jesus provides living water, let words of life flow and give life to those who hear.