Devotional For September 12, 2023

For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
‭‭James‬ ‭3‬:‭2‬

The book of James contains substantial wisdom on the power of our words and the challenges of controlling our tongues. James reminds us of the significance of practicing self-control, especially when it comes to our selection of words.

None of us are exempt from making mistakes or stumbling in various aspects of our lives. We’re imperfect beings living in a fallen world.

The ability to control our words demonstrates a level of maturity and self-control that extends beyond speech—it affects our entire lives. Our words hold immense power. They can uplift or tear down, encourage or discourage, bring life or cause harm. James himself writes about the tongue being a fire that can set a whole forest ablaze (James 3:6). Therefore, controlling our tongues is a crucial aspect of Christian living.

Practice taking a moment to think before you speak, especially in emotionally charged situations. Be intentional about using words that encourage, uplift, and bring peace to those you interact with.


Lord, I recognize the challenge of taming my tongue and the power my words hold. Grant me the wisdom and self-control to speak with grace and love, building up those around me. Help me grow in maturity, not only in my speech but in all areas of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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