T9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
The latest news in the west part of my city was that a pregnant woman in the back seat of a car was shot dead by a drive-by shooter. Homicide detectives concluded that the driver was the intended target and it was a result of a rival gang seeking revenge on their enemy. The violence doesn’t stop as one gang member may insult or assault somebody from the other gang. They are filled with anger and they feel that the death of their enemy will bring them peace.
James says that it is difficult to tame the tongue. With the tongue, we can insult or we can praise others. God has plans that we praise others instead of cursing others. The root of cursing is anger and bitterness and will not result in the peace in our hearts that God wants us to have. The example we have is in Jesus who stayed calm if others were trying to insult him. In him, there was no retaliation or revenge.