Taming the Tongue

James 3:5-10

5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankin
8. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10.Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Lord, we thank You for this new day. Have mercy on us and teach us the way to go, the way to do/say things, and the way to obey.  Speak to us this morning, amen.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Luke 6:45 KJV

Our focus is “Taming the Tongue”

The tongue is a small organ but it has the ability to destroy. What’s interesting is that the scripture says, the tongue cannot be tamed (v. 8). Yet, it seems as if James is saying that the tongue should be tamed as he says that we should not bless God and curse men with the same tongue.
However, I agree with verse 8. The tongue cannot be tamed. Why? Simply because the tongue isn’t the problem.

Look at the last line of Luke 6:45…”of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”.  The tongue can be a weapon or a tool (for building), but it’s use is dependent upon it’s owner. 
Our challenge is to transform the heart by renewing the mind. If our hearts are not focused on continuously displaying the love of God, it will do what comes naturally to us, which is to judge, tear down, and curse. Then, when we encounter these persons, our uncontrollable tongue gets the best of us.
Luke 6: 45 differentiates the good man from the evil one by saying that it’s out of the treasure of their heart their goodness/evil is revealed.  If we are feisty to the point of being rude/insulting, like myself, that is because our hearts are not where God wants it to be.

Did you know that it’s possible to be feisty in such a way that it makes others laugh and fill them with joy? (This kind of feisty is called a joke.)

It all depends on the heart with which we speak.

We can determine in our hearts that we will ignore some comments.
We can purpose in our hearts that we will change how we respond to other comments.  
It starts from the heart.
Can the tongue be tamed?


But imagine the immense impact that an uncontrollable tongue can have when the heart is completely good.

Thought for the day:
Don’t try to tame the tongue.
Change the source which gives it power.
~ Nia
Prayer starter: Lord, I thank You for revelation from Your Word. I ask that You help me to focus on goodness of my heart so that my mouth will no longer bless You and curse others. Help me to take advantage of the wildness of the tongue to speak encouraging words without holding back. (End with your own words).

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