Controlling our tongues….words way easier said than they are done. However, they are very very important words.
James 3:2-8 says: We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
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 so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants 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 also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
If we can fully control what we say, we are perfect men. However, no man is perfect. So, we can’t control our tongues. It is something that has to be surrendered. If we want to use our mouth to Christ, what are we supposed to do but ask Him to take our mouth and cleanse it and us it for Him? Our mouths can either bring life or death, and we have to choose which one we want to bring with our mouths. As Christians, the former option is the only option.
A forest can be set ablaze by a single match. Woah. Our tongues can start a fire.
I have a question, what kind of fire do you want to start with your tongue?
You can start a fire of hate, and gossip, or a fire of goodness and hope.
When we use our tongues, they are full of evil. With our tongues, we judge others, and then say we love them. We gossip behind their backs (or even in our minds) and then act sweet around them.
When we do this, we are contradicting ourselves.
I’m still working on my words, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve learned that giving it to God is all you need to do. Here are some steps to taming the tongue:
1. Remember that no man can tame the tongue
No man can tame the tongue – only God can. Surrender your tongue to Him daily and ask Him to speak through you and not let you speak through. I know it’s hard, but He is in you and you can do it.
2. Don’t let evil thoughts out
When you have rude, angry, sad, etc. thoughts, start thinking about something else. Take every thought captive. Ask God to help you notice bad thoughts and to not let them escape your lips. He is faithful and He is our helper.
3. Don’t be a hypocrite
So often we Christians are hypocrites (myself included). When you feel angry or annoyed at someone, don’t let those thoughts continue! Start to praise God for that person and ask Him to see them as He does. Stop thinking about what you don’t like about someone and think about their good assets instead.
Remember that your tongue spreads a fire – let it be a fire for good and for God.
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- Caitlyn 🙂 ❤
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