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Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. (James 3:10)

Expanded Passage: James 3:9-12

One piece of literature that speaks volumes regarding the human condition is the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The tale identifies two characters who were bound in one body until one of them, Mr. Hyde, finally took over. The unfortunate ending of the story is that the wicked nature seemingly prevailed. However, for a moment, both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde seemed to coexist in what can only be described as an unusual juxtaposition.

The passage in James speaks to the idea that as humans we can quite easily operate in a high level of cognitive dissonance. We can seem to worship God with our words but speak ill of our fellow believers. This type of behavior is unbecoming of a follower of Christ. If we continue down that path, the consequence will be devastating.

God has blessed us with the ability to be rational and weigh up the effects of our conduct. If we speak ill of others and then praise God, we are deceiving ourselves into thinking that it is acceptable; however, God requires that we love one another.

Again, while Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde lived in the same body, there was much contention. Often, we become used to the discomfort of living life our way. We rationalize when in fact Christ is calling us to repent and do things his way.

Beware of speaking one way and praising another.

Olivia Isra’el is a wife and mother, and a psychological practitioner. Her love for writing has led her to convey the love of God through text.

© 2024 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.