“Blessing and Cursing”
We hear James’ critique, “Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth … it just shouldn’t be this way.”
It strikes close to home.
Send your Spirit to transform our mind, heart, and tongue
That in the morning and evening, in the noon-time … we might bless You and our brothers and sisters. Amen
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Questions for Group Discussion
Icebreaker: Who is someone that shared just the right words right when you needed to hear them?
• When was a time the words you chose inflicted harm upon another? How did you feel about yourself and your relationship with God afterward?
• How does acknowledging one’s own imperfections better prepare a person to choose life-bringing words when they are really needed? Why does this self awareness also foster a deeper relationship with God?
• When was a time the words you chose lifted another’s spirits when they really needed it? How much did you rely on God as that moment unfolded?
• What does James say we must do (and avoid) to build a reputation for wisdom? What does real wisdom, God’s wisdom, look like in action?
Application: In order to speak life and hope into others, we must first forge a real reliance upon God so that we genuinely reflect His nature: peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere. Then we must have faith that the Holy Spirit will guide us through life’s difficult conversations.