It was Thanksgiving Day and the family gathered around the table for dinner. The family went around the table sharing gratitude to God in turn for blessings that they had received. The father then led the family in a prayer of blessing to God, filled with words of gratitude and praise to God.
Before the dinner was over, blessing turned to something else. What began as humorous banter quickly devolved into bickering and then cursing. Gratitude to God was lost in the angry arguments and demeaning dialogue. Thanksgiving was drowned in the waves of words washed in resentments and bitterness and hurts and fears and insecurities.
“With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in His likeness. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:9-10)
When we, who have been bathed in God’s grace, thank God with one breath and curse others with the next, our hearts our out of sync with the grace that has saved us. To profess love and gratitude to God while we revile, curse, criticize, or condemn someone is a brazen offense against holy God.
But it can be hard, can’t it? When people around the table disagree about some hot-button issues, emotions can get heated. When past hurts or fears are surfaced, the curse can come easy.
Here’s where gratitude can make a big difference! The more we bless God for the good that His grace delivers, the more our hearts grow in gratitude. The more our hearts grow in gratitude, the less power the pains of yesterday, insecurities of today, and fears of tomorrow have over us.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches — and every day — let’s baptize our words with gratitude to God for the grace that He gives us.
Bless God… and talk nicely!