22nd August 2018

The Untameable Tongue

“But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
James 3:8 (NKJV)

I cannot describe any more accurately that little member in our body, the tongue, than the description found in James 3:2-8, when it says, “If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptiles and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue.”

Looking at other references that address the tongue, Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Further we find in Proverbs 12:18, “There is one who speaks like a piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” And in Proverbs 15:2, “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the fools pours forth foolishness.” For wrong use of the tongue, there is a warning in Matthew 12:36, “But I say to you that every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgement.” Very often we regret unkind or negative words uttered unwittingly which we cannot retrieve. The lesson is we must guard our tongue and with the help of the Holy Spirit of power, take control of it.

However, there are two other aspects of the tongue which we should not forget. James 3:20 says “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” Yes, the cursings are part of the evil power of the tongue, but with our tongue we can also bless others, when it is used with kindness and love. And with our mouth we bless and praise our God who created us.

So we acknowledge too that God wonderfully designed us and wisely put taste buds on our tongue by which we enjoy variety of delicious flavours of the foods we eat and the beverages we consume every day of our lives. Without taste buds foods would be tasteless and bland and there would be no joy in it. I give God the thanks for this little member in our body, the tongue, as we enjoy the variety of flavours with the taste buds put by God on our tongue..

What we have to do is control it with God’s help concerning when and what we speak. Everything Our God has designed is for our good. Even the little tongue in our mouth.

Our Father in heaven, worthy are You of worship and adoration for creating us in Your image and likeness. Besides You there is no other God. You are our only true God. With my tongue I praise and thank and love You with my whole heart. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Natu Moti


About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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