Controlling the Tongue (part 1) –
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. James 3:2
Is there anyone who can say they are never at fault in what they say? I doubt it. We are all guilty of saying the wrong thing, or saying something at the wrong time or in the wrong way. Our tongue can cause more hurt and hard feelings than anything else we have access to. The tongue can be a deadly tool of destruction. It can tear apart relationships. It can destroy self-esteem It can start ongoing conflicts and wars.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19
Excellent advice! It is hard to do much damage with our ears. Perhaps that is why God gave us two ears and only one mouth. If we are slow to speak, we have the opportunity to think about what we are going to say before we say it. Have you ever wished you could take back something that you said? I have. Once something has been said it is impossible to take it back. The worst of all possible combinations is when we speak out of anger – without thinking. This combination almost always causes permanent damage.
The tongue is a very powerful tool, but don’t forget that it can be used for good, as well as for bad. With the tongue, we can offer praises and compliments that build people up. With the tongue, we can restore peace and harmony. With the tongue, we can praise God. With the tongue, we can lead others to a saving understanding and faith in God’s plan of salvation through his son Jesus.
Controlling the tongue is not an easy task, but it is one of the most important things that we must learn to do. For your own good, I suggest you work at being “slow to speak” – especiallywhen you are angry. Think about what you are going to say, and the consequences it may have, before you say it. Don’t be afraid to ask God for help. That may be the only way that you will succeed.
Controlling the Tongue (part 2) –
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in God’s likeness. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12
Isn’t it interesting how good and evil can come forth from the same mouth? One minute we are praising God and the next we are cursing or tearing down our fellow man. Out of the same mouth that praises God comes insults, cursing, slander, gossip, etc., etc. The Bible tells us that this should not be. It also tells us that the tongue is very difficult to tame and control. I believe, though, that with God’s help, it can be tamed and controlled.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
If we take time to think before we speak, we should be able to reach the point that we seldom allow any unwholesome talk to come out of our mouths. The tongue is an extremely powerful tool. It can be used for both good and evil. Let’s do our best to take control of our tongues.
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Kit Pharo / Pharo Cattle Co. * Cheyenne Wells, CO * Phone: 1-800-311-0995
Reprinted with permission via OKGrassroots – Pharo Sabbath Day Devotionals: Controlling the Tongue (Parts 1 & 2)
I live in Bartlesville Oklahoma now, but I grew up in Texas. I was a cofounder of the Associated Conservatives of Texas in the 90's, serve on the Traveling Liberty Bell board, was a co-founder of R3publicans in 2008, Constitutional Liberty Coalition (a multistate effort) and OKGrassroots in 2009. We are working together to restore the republic and proclaim liberty throughout the land! Finding Gems & Sharing Them - my personal blog * R3publicans * OKGrassroots * Constitutional Liberty Coalition