“People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:7-8 NLT)
This scripture is quite familiar to us as regular bible readers, often becoming a cliche, rarely understood in its intensity. Hence, one of the greatest challenges that believers and unbelievers face alike is the challenge of controlling one’s tongue!
Would you believe that your words have the power to hurt & heal, divide & unite, curse & bless? But more important to us would be being able to control our speech in such a way that it brings out the kind of speech and language that God desires.
The scripture above talks of tongue as a different individual, a thing that we as human beings cannot control. Why is that so? How is it that this gift of speech and the power of words that God has blessed us with, turns out to be such a great problem for humanity? It is something that God had surely intended for good. How then can it be used so decivingly by the enemy?
This is how-
Before sin crept into Eden, Eve got into a conversation with satan, a conversation where she got deceived into disobeying and distrusting God!
That’s the same mistake most of us do. The gift of words and speech that God has given us is not to indulge in leisure talks with satan or with people around us. Its greatest purpose is for us to build a loving and honorable relationship with God and with one another.
Remember the fact that Jesus rebuked the storm, cast out demons, healed the sick, raised the dead, all with His words, but at no point did He get into a conversation, debate or argument with satan. If Jesus didn’t find the enemy worthy enough to have a conversation with, why are we, His body, treating him any differently?
What are we conversing about? Who are we conversing with? Is it our situations and circumstances that we talk about and talk to? Have you been conversing with friends and people who have been negatively impacting your actions and decisions?
Here are some common things that if we expose our minds to, it can influence our everyday speech/words in a positive or negative way:
- Conversations with
- Social Media
- Chats and emails
Why don’t we go through the above list and find out the number of influences, and decide on a measure/process by which you can eliminate every negative source of wrong kinds of speech in your life?
Taming our tongue is something that will definitely take time and we will have to go through a season of pruning, improving, changing and moulding our speech behaviours. There are so many aspects and dimensions to this topic of taming our tongue, that we will be dealing with each of them in a series in the upcoming posts.
Guard every conversation and speech that you expose yourself too. Do not entertain anything that does not glorify God or edify people in or around you. That is how you can cut off the root of every wrong, negative and ungodly speech that comes from our tongues.
Put your eyes on Jesus and begin speaking His promises over your life. Surround yourself with godly friendshships and relationships that can help you pursue Him.
“Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2 Timothy 2:22
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