In a political season, when words tend to fly freely from our mouths, it’s important to remember the text of James 3. It’s not the tongue that curses and blesses, it’s the words we convey and express with the tongue. How can we use our words to bless, and not to curse?
The natural response to naming one’s brokenness is grief. We mourn our inability to sustain and give ourselves life – both individually and corporately. But this is life giving. As Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn.”
Admittedly, our national climate is one that leaves much to be desired. We have lost all attempts at civility with one another. But God calls us to be better in community. Christ offers the necessary traits for such a change in the Sermon on the Mount.