It has been well said that to imitate God is the Christian life, and to be perfectly like Christ is the goal of the Christian life. This morning we will look specifically at God’s example of love, of mercy, of forgiveness, and of giving Himself – along with the exhortation believers are given to follow His example, to the praise of His glory and grace.
We all know the pain of words that hurt, whether they are from our mouths or from the mouth of another. James writes, And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue (James 3:6–8).
In this passage we see the gravity of ungracious speech, and in particular we are given four reasons why we must replace ungracious words so that we can be a means of grace to others. Supremely ungracious words hide Christ from view, the Word who became flesh and gave Himself up for us, something every true believer should want to avoid.