Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Exodus 9:1-35; Psalm 40:1-41:13; Acts 4:1-31

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. James 3:4

The tongue can be used for evil and also for good. James uses the ship as an illustration of the power of the tongue. Ships carry goods and cargo across the sea, delivering helpful and useful merchandise to needy people in a timely manner. The tongue can be used the same way. Our words can encourage those who are weary, exhort those who are weak. Like a ship, seek to deliver a good cargo every day to someone who needs it. Give grace to those who hear you and aim to build them up (Eph. 4:29). —Shane Johnson

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
Be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord. —Psalm 19:14