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Words. They are such an important component of our life. It is how we talk. It is how we communicate. It is how we teach. How we build up. How we tear down. In short, our tongue is a trouble maker. And it is an encourager. But it should be only one or the other. With that tongue we can do so much! But just because we can do anything doesn’t mean we should do everything. We can say so much, yet what we say should please the Lord. So let’s look at what James had to say about our tongue, because he was stressing the great influence of the tongue.
Verse 2 reads: “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”
We all make mistakes, intentionally or unintentionally. We still have the sinful nature within us. We all stumble and never reach the standard God gave us. Jesus was and is the perfect man, and thus should be the example for our lifestyle and speech. He showed perfect maturity. Jesus held his tongue. He was able to do right. Jesus is our prime example and we should do what he tells us to do. You see, as Warren Wiersbe said, “words lead to deeds.” So if we control our tongue, then we show we can control our body. And we need to control ourselves in order to serve God. If we can’t control ourselves, then we become an instrument of sin.
In Verses 3 & 4, it says: “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.”
The horse and the ship are two objects that are so hard to control. But with these little objects, the bit and the rudder, we now have control over them. And the person controlling these objects must have skill and wisdom in order to guide these objects. The tongue has the power to direct one to make right choices. But it also has the power to direct one to make wrong choices. Robert Morris says that what we say today determines the course for tomorrow. Those are some important words.
The rudder of our body is the tongue. It determines the course of our life. Here’s a big question. The rider controls the bridle, the pilot the rudder, who or what controls the tongue? Because of our sinful nature, sin is the controller of our tongue.
Verse 5 says: “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.”
James compares the power of our speech to a forest fire. One spark, and then everything is soon gone. We can say one word, and can wipe out our relationships and everything we hold dear. What we say do matter.
Verses 7-8: “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
We, as humans, have control over animals, over ships, but not our tongue. Our tongue is a restless evil. No good-doer. A poison. Our evil can’t be contained. It seems hopeless. We are supposed to be doing good, but we do the opposite. We are supposed to make peace, but instead we are sowing discord.
Verses 9-12: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same out comes praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
A spring can’t produce both salty and pure water. Then why do we say bad words, but also pure words? As James said, this shouldn’t be. And Morris says that it’s unnatural for God’s children. And sadly, sometimes we can’t see that difference! The tongue should have a consistency and reputation for being kind and praising God. What should come out of a Christian should be words that please God. (Also, not only what goes out should please God, but also what goes in should please God. SECULAR MEDIA! Think about that.)
As James said, we can’t control our tongue. It seems hopeless. But it isn’t! Many people can easily misread verse 8, which people think it reads, “But no one can tame the tongue.”
It actually says “No MAN can tame the tongue!” Hope at last! But, where do we get this power from? Well, we need to receive the overflowing of the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit, we are able to walk a new life! A life free from sin and from evil.
When we don’t speak purely, we are telling God he can’t trust us in our speech. But now, we start speaking life instead of death! But how does all this come about? Well, we have Jesus in our heart and the Holy Spirit is overflowing in us. Also remember that what comes out of your mouth comes out of your heart!
But, how do we receive this gift? Well, all we really have to do is just ask the Lord for the overflowing of the Holy Spirit. Thus, we receive the language of Heaven, the purest language ever. So as a Christian, you need belief that you can receive it.
Our words can do so much good for us. We can connect with our creator by praying to him, worshiping and praising him. We show him how much we are thankful for all the blessings he has given us. The devil wanted us to grumble, we are thankful instead. With our words, we can connect with our friends and family. We are able to build our relationships. We can show our love for each other. We can build others up. With our words, we can do what God wants us to do, spread the good news of God. We are being a testimony to others and helping others see the light. With our words, we can speak blessings and encourage each other. We can help others do the right thing. We can teach others.
We are given such a great gift. We should not abuse it. We should use it for God’s glory. We should speak life.
Ah, yes. Speak life.
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