As James continues to flesh out his premise that authentic faith in Jesus leads to real fruit in our lives, he begins to talk about the power of words. The old saying we all heard as kids “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is one of the biggest lies ever told. Words destroy marriages, cripple children, divide churches, and drive nations into war. But words can also bring life, healing and hope. Jesus teaches that words reveal the heart. So the key isn’t just guarding our words, it has to be change at the heart level. We don’t need a tongue doctor, we need a heart doctor! And change that deep only comes by walking with Jesus and being empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak words of life into those around us. This is good fruit that flows from authentic faith!