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.
What an instrument is the tongue. We’d take good heed to the information of James 3 of the Bible. Reference to the strength of a bridle in controlling the direction of a horse or the helm of a sea vessel causing such great ships to be turned about. What harm or healing can be caused in the use of it. As a fire may be used to prevent a forest fire in a controlled burn, what a catastrophic event may be unleashed in the UN-extinguished campfire left unattended.
Desiring the mind of Christ and personal introspect in meditating on my morning read, I’m convicted by the Spirit of my old nature. How it’s snuck back time and again to the damage of self and others. Thinking to those work episodes when unleashing has caused more harm than good. In those moments, oh how arrogant and smug lashing out unto another.
Oh aren’t we so witty, and yet, doesn’t God judge? Does a rift strengthen a gap or build it? Our loves, children, parents, so-called friends, is this how we treat those we desire to embrace by scalding them? Instead of thinking myself too humorous, I should restrain my tongue in cheek remark and keep it against my cheek, in check. A degrading remark to one who holds my heart, is that compensated for in the next moment I may seek and embrace. Who at this moment of thought can not but curl a lip? Our Father breathes further comment through James 3:10, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” If we exercise for personal health benefits, should we not reckon the same of our tongue and it’s dwelling the mouth. It’s time to beat this into submission.
1 Corinthians 9:27 “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” Again, is not the tongue part of our body? It’s time to apply considerations and enact application. Take in proper stewardship of what we’ve obtained. Before speaking to others how about we, “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matt. 7:5, removing hypocrisy and avoiding the casting away of ourselves and message. “Soft answer answers turn away wrath, but, grievous words stir up anger” Prov. 15:1.
Can we accomplish this task of taming? We may be weak in of ourselves, but, in Christ we have the power already. Yield to the Spirit for you cannot have to masters.
- 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.“
- Galatians 5:16 “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
- Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
- Revelation 3:2-3 “Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.”
Friends we are a work, and I myself have been convicted of weakness. I’m thankful His mercies are new every morning. I am able with new breathe to seek forgiveness from my Father and from those whom I may have offended. Today is a new day, and with it new opportunity. His forgiveness is as far as the east from the west, and I will use that today.
As friends I pray for you, and would you pray for me? Can we share in this accounting, community, assembling, and not forsake it or one another as others may do?
Father, thank you for your goodness, forgiveness, and loving correction, and education. Seeing truth, help us to keep it to remembrance and put our lives into action. We pray that any thing said would be pleasing to you, and used for lifting, mentoring, fitly spoken in it’s appropriate time. Thank you Lord, we may pray to you, praise you, sing to you. Perfect us and our witness for you in Jesus name Amen.