Today you should read: James 3:1-12
Taming Your Tongue …
It’s amazing how much weight words hold. Letters packed together to make words, and words packed together to make sentences, carry great meaning. It’s truly amazing that we can make people feel a certain way (good or bad), make requests to God, speak sinfully about circumstances, or inspire people to action simply with the words that come out of our mouths. What’s even more intriguing is that we have the freedom to choose our words.
In our passage today, James discusses “taming the tongue.”
He tells us, in verse 2, that our actions are usually in line with how we talk. Our actions will follow what we say.
He goes on, in verses 4 through 6, to tell us that our tongues, in many ways, can and will dictate our futures. He says that our highs and lows in life can be dictated by the things we say.
In verses 7 through 8, James tells us that the tongue is difficult to tame. It is full of potential for harm and is difficult for us control.
And in verses 9-12, we see that with the same tongue we speak of Holy things and sinful things, yet this should not be so.
I think a key application for us regarding this topic is that we understand how much weight our words hold. They have potential to lift up our wife and encourage her, or bring her down to despair. Our words have the potential to guide our children towards an adulthood of godliness, or towards a future of bitterness and resentment. Our words have the potential to help people understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to accept it, and our silence has the potential to further the chance that they never hear about Him. Our words hold weight. They accomplish things.
So the question for us today is, will we open our mouths and speak? And when we do, will we choose our words carefully as to build up, guide, love, and spur on, or will we use them to tear down, discourage, or defeat others. We have the potential to create a mighty force for good just by what we say. What a privilege. I want to steward that privilege well.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione