James 3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
James 3:1-12 is the epistle for next Sunday.
The Man and the Styr
In Aesop’s Fables we read about a Satyr who thought that what comes from a person’s lips reveal the kind of person he is.
The Satyr (god of the woods depicted as goat-legged, goat-bearded men with budding horns) met a man on the road one frigid morning. The man suggested they travel together, “you will find me a reliable friend.”
As they walked along the man blew on his hands. The Satyr asked, “Why do you do that?”
The man replied, “To warm my hands.”
That night they stopped at an inn and ordered supper. Within minutes two steaming bowls of porridge were place before them. However, the porridge was too hot to eat. The Satyr waited patiently for his to cool, but the man began to blow on his.
The Satyr watched him and then asked, “Why do you do that?”
“To cool my porridge,” the man said.
The Satyr shook his head in disappointment, “From now on I travel alone. I don’t trust a man who changes so quickly. Now that I have seen blow hot and cold with the same breath; I cannot travel with you.”
The Satyr had jumped to some negative conclusions about his companion. God did make our mouths to serve many purposes. However, James warns us about a dual use of our moths that is not God pleasing. There is something wrong if someone can praise God and then speak words of hatred all in the one breath. We can also use our tongues to flatter another person or to scorn someone. As James says our tongues can ignite a great fire. We cannot tame them. We must let Jesus fill our thoughts with his Love and goodness that is reflected in our speech.