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I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Taming the Tongue

February 28th, 2012 | admin | Tags:
James 3:3-12
 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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.
 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Over the years I have met many Christians that have struggled with the way they talk.  I myself have been guilty of cussing and saying awful things about others.  Have you ever considered the size of the Titanic?  It measured 882ft long or the length of 4 football fields.  The rudder on the Titanic was only 15ft wide.  The rudder is so small compared to the overall size of the ship.  Likewise our tongue is such a small part that corrupts the whole body.  Do you think it is okay for a Christian to cuss and curse others?  The Bible is very clear, we cannot praise God and curse others.  Ray Comfort was asked if it was okay for a Christian to cuss.  His response was,  “The Bible say’s the mouth speaks the abundance of your heart (Luke 6:45). And if you let filthy communication come out of your mouth, and the Bible says not to do it, It shows you have a filthy heart. So, I don’t believe a Christian should use filthy language. If you do, try it in a prayer sometime when you’re talking to God”.

The issue of our mouth and how we talk comes from our heart.  Do you want to change the way you talk and think?  This can only be accomplished by changing your heart.  Start today and confess your sins before God and repent.  Start changing your heart and your mouth will follow.


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