A verse on tongue taming.
” 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. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water. ”
— James 3:3-12
How can we tame this tongue full of poison, set on fire by hell? As it is written ” No human being can tame the tongue ” but if we are aware of it’s power we can work toward taming it daily, even if we will never fully achieve it. Jesus says in Mark 7:20
“ What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come. “
Therefore, when we sin with the tongue, it is because of evil on our hearts. We need to have God on our hearts, and try to flow fresh water from our spring daily, and keep evil at bay. Keep this in mind this week and weekend as you are using your tongue. Don’t let your tongue bring praise and curses. Who likes drinking salt water anyways?
See my Blog ” MURDER. ” for more on using our words for good. https://manofhonourproject.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/murder-2/