Taming the Tongue
Daily Bible Reading – James 1-5
Today’s Key Passage – James 3:3-12
Our words are powerful. What we say (or sometimes what we choose not to say) can make a huge impact on those around us. In Proverbs 18:21 we learn that, “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit“. If you really think about this passage, you will find it to be absolutely true (just like everything else in the Bible). Every argument we have is due (at least in part) to words. Every time we have consoled another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words. Every time we have shown love towards another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.
We can all probably improve our ability to tame our tongues. James compares the damage the tongue can do with a fire. Our words can lash out at others and rage uncontrollably, and just like the damage done by a fire, the damage done by our words is often difficult if not impossible to repair. Long-term relationships can end by the power of the tongue. Churches can experience disunity by the power of the tongue. People can become distracted from their faith and lose sight of God by the power of the tongue. Conversely, God can be praised by the power of the tongue. New friendships can be formed by the power of the tongue. People can start down a path that leads them into the arms of Jesus Christ by the power of the tongue.
How are you at taming your tongue? How often do you allow your tongue to become untamed? Do you gossip, put others down, brag, manipulate, exaggerate, complain, flatter, or lie? All of these are examples of an untamed tongue. Do you ever turn your back on someone who is sinning without correcting them in love? This is also an example of an untamed tongue. Think about your words today. What do you need to say to others to show the love of Christ? What do you need to leave unsaid today to communicate your witness for Him? What can you say today to build someone up instead of tearing him or her down? Fight some fires today that were started by the power of the tongue, and avoid starting any new ones.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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