Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Taming the Tongue

James chapter 3:3 - 12 speaks about the tongue, and the power it holds. We all fail to realize that power from time to time, and once words come out of our mouth, there's no taking them back, so we ought to be very careful to choose our words wisely.
"When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are large and driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants it to go.
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person and sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be so. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? Can a fig tree bear olives or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water".
It's no wonder the Lord led me to those verses today. In the last couple of days, my tongue has been set on fire - I was hurt and lashed out in my hurt, saying things without thinking. I need to repent and ask the Lord to help me deal with my hurt without getting into more sin by letting my hurt rule my mouth.
Have a good day....

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