The sermon at our church this morning was about the words we speak. Interestingly enough, my real-life friend as well as fellow blogger, Lea, posted that she had studied this in Bible study just two days ago.
I like the verses in James which make the analogy of a fountain. You would not expect to find both fresh tasting water and bitter or salty water coming out of the same fountain, so why should we expect to have both words of blessing and words of cursing coming out of our mouths? Isn't it hypocritical to bless God with our mouth, then turn around and use that same mouth to spew forth embittered words to our fellow humans (who are made in God's image)?
Just as there is a time to hold our peace, there is also a time to speak up and speak out. If it is within out power to speak up for someone who is powerless to defend himself, we should speak up.
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
What's the state of your fountain? Do you ever think of the words you say as metaphorically giving someone a fresh drink of water?