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GOD’S WORD FOR FEBRUARY 7 ~ ~ James 3:10 Amp ~ ~ “Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts].”

Whales have accents. Killer whales have dialects, or accents. They have 17 different calls, that are unique to their particular group within their species, sort of like our northern and southern accents.

Some killer whales stay in the same area for all of their lives. They go peacefully up and down the west coast eating small fish. They get along peacefully with the harbor seals that live among them.

Other killer whales form groups that cruise up and down the same coast, with much more aggression. These gangs are not satisfied with fish, and they particularly like the harbor seals.

Researchers have recorded the calls of both groups and have noted that the calls of each group have differing qualities, which amount to differing dialects. They also found that harbor seals recognize this difference too, since the seals, unlike fish, can hear the calls. They ignore the calls of local fish-eating whales, but when a killer gang appears in their neighborhood, the seals leave the area rather quickly.

The ability to communicate and interpret communication are gifts from God, not just to us humans but clearly also to His other creatures, since birds are also known to have dialects relating to areas they inhabit. Since we aren’t alert to these differences, we don’t realize this, but many things that are true of communication in humans, are also true in animals.

No accents or dialects are better or worse than any other, but our speech itself is important in our spiritual walk. In fact, it relates our attitudes and our spiritual walk to others around us.

It harms relationships, hurts other people, and grieves the Holy Spirit in our own relationship with Jesus.

It can lead people astray, especially the young, and give them lasting fears or grievances.

It can give a spirit of liberality to others and cause them to sin.

As James says:

James 1:19 (Amp)

“Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener],slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];”

James 3:8

“… no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison”

Ephesians 4:29

“Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].”

James 3:4-5

 “And look at the ships. Even though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.

In the same sense, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark!”

James 3:6

And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by hell (Gehenna).

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