A Final Word

James has more exhortation about the tongue. He reminds us that one minute we can be praising God and the next minute we can be cursing, insulting, criticizing man. He reminds us that every person is made in the image of God. Essentially what James is saying is that when we say something bad to or about someone, we are actually saying that to God who made that person in His image. Even though we live in a fallen world, cursed by sin, we still bear the image of God. As we think about what we are going to say, be mindful of the point James is making. That should be a deterrent to what we are going to say. The real issue is that it’s a heart problem because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.