5th September 2019

No One Can Tame The Tongue

“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude [image] of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren these things ought not to be so.”
James 3:7-10 (NKJV)

The tongue is powerful. It is difficult to control (James 3:2-6), for it reflects the true expression of the inward man. Jesus warned in Matthew 12:34-35, “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” The tongue has power to do good or evil as we read in Proverbs 15:4 “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

How then shall we use the tongue? If for good, our words can be sweet to the soul. Proverbs 16:24 tells us that “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” And in Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

Because of human frailties and tendencies to sin, the tongue will never be totally ‘tamed’ in this life. But as believers grow in grace and love, they can use their tongues to build up, encourage, and bless others rather than curse and tear them down. Our speech has great potential for good as well as for harm. Learning to use words wisely comes from focusing more on the inner life than on the tongue itself, more on the source, than its outflow. Remember, in the words of a poem by Deborah Ann, based on Luke16:15:

God has supernatural hearing,
He can hear what’s in your heart
He can see the words forming
In your mind before they start

He can hear the true intentions,
Of what you’re going to say
He knows when pride and ego
Are about to get in the way

Eternal God, we thank you for the blessing of speech, please help us to use the tongue to glorify you and to be a blessing to others in what we say. In Jesus’ name

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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