For the Father up above is looking down with love.
THE TONGUE IS GUILTY:
When it curses (James 3:10)
When it speaks evil (Eph.4:31)
When its speech is crooked (Prov.4:24)
When it harshly criticizes (Matt.5:22)
When it is backbiting (Rom.1:30)
When it is deceitful (Rom.3:13)
When it talks foolishly (Eph.5:4)
When it teaches falsely (Titus 1:10-1)
When it speaks idle words (Mat. 12:36)
When it sows discord (Prov.6:19)
When it flatters (Psa. 12:3)
When it lies (Rev.21:8)
When it tale bears (Lev. 19:16)
When it whispers (Rom.1:29)
When it is boasting (Rom.1:30)
When it reviles (I Cor.6:10)
When it jests (Eph.5:4)
When it blasphemes (Col.3:8)
When it speaks filthy (Col.3:8)
I have written few blogs on this topic. The Scoop on Gossip , Taming the Tongue, Wholesome Wednesday| Words of Affirmation. Honestly, last week and this week could go hand in hand in many ways because what we say is what we hear and vice versa, what we hear is what we say.
I encourage you to click a link above and read one already written but today, I am going to revert back to what began this song lyric series. Balancing how to be careful of these things. Our eyes, our ears, and now our tongue.
It all falls back to what is filling your heart. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “. . . out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks”. Do you have a grateful heart? Do you have a compassionate heart? Do you have a self-less heart?
Or are you full of complaints, judgements, or bitterness?
How do we do this?
We need to evaluate our hearts. Take a step back and look at our day to day routine. What are our priorities? How do we respond when we are faced with adversity? What makes our words come out so carelessly?
- Think about how words make you feel and the last time someone made you feel bad, and then a time someone made you feel good.
- Practice, practice, practice. Like I mentioned last week, practice on yourself by being kind to yourself.
- Spend more time in the Word, filling up on the Holy Spirit.
- Be mindful and intentional with your thoughts, for they become your words.
Why should we do this?
Our souls depend on it.
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37
Our children and future generations are watching.
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
We are to be an example to others, so that they may glorify Him.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
To guard ourselves against the devil.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Let me tell you something that I know for sure. The devil is on the prowl, y’all! He is trying to wreck your life, question your beliefs, and if we are not on our guard – he will be successful. If you struggle with watching the way you speak, commit yourself to God and go to Him in prayer so that you can remain strong.
Taming The Tongue
James 3:5-6 NIV says “Even so 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.The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
Whoa! That is intense, right? Go on to verse 8 “but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Ouch!
Manipulated deadly poison comes from our speech much too often. Think about it. What do we read on social media? What do we see on tv, video games, or the news? How much slandering is going on? How much truth is being told anymore?
While our tongue is only a small member of our bodies, the power and the influence of it, good or bad, is out of proportion to the size of the tongue. In the verses 3 and 4, James compares how we control horses with bits and ships with rudders and in the same way, a mature Christian should work to also control the tongue. If we do not, it will ruin the good works of our whole body.
Regarding Gossip, before engaging in casual conversation, ask yourself if it follows the example given to us in Eph 4, verse 29. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.”