In Romans 12:1 (NIV), it is quoted as pertaining the same notion and idea by saying “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”
Whenever I hear or read this quote or message in the Lord’s Word, a feeling to worship and praise His Name comes over me, while at the same time, the feeling of guilt may set in as well. What I love about His Word is that He supplies the answer to every question you may have once you take some time out to read it. One response for why I might feel this thought of ‘guilt’ is in James 3:9-11 (NIV), where it quotes “With the tongue, we praise the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water come from the same spring?” What I am proud and practiced to do was to make sure to practice taming it, at least for the Lord’s sake. Yes, I understand the fact that no human being is perfect, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let our mouths and tongue be freely loose to harm and hurt our brothers and sisters whenever we decide to argue back with them over any subject or thing. We can tame our tongue.
I have noticed something as a response from others whenever we choose to tame our tongue towards them: They realize the difference within us and if they see something and someone new. An example is how we would feel whenever we would see or find a new product that we haven’t intended to purchase that was just recently stocked on a store’s shelf. When they see something new, you will be approached differently… and so have I. Not only that, but I was able to grow closer to God for taking up such an action.
So to answer the question in James 3:9-11 (NIV), asking “Can both fresh water and salt water come from the same spring?” The answer is clearly no. So should our response and actions whenever we decide to praise God; we should praise Him more and refrain from unleashing the tongue in harming and hurting our brothers and sisters, despite whatever our reasons for cursing at them. Yes, we may feel hurt and tense at times over a certain reason, but we can think about God and ask Him what does He expect for us to do in that situation. Besides, practice makes perfect, right? 🙂