If we harbour some nasty thoughts, inner vipers deep inside, you may be sure that one day they will pop out, because our tongues sit ready to wag at both ends and say what we wish we hadn’t.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:13-16, NIV)
The smart thing to do is to let God deal with those thoughts right now, before the viper in you slips out into daylight and hurts someone. You know, sometimes the someone you hurt is you…
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:17, NIV)
Prayer – Father clean our insides so our outsides are nicer. Amen.