Growing In Faith
Words can break our hearts. Words can break our spirits. Broken bones can heal with time, but a broken spirit caused by words of death, isn’t easily repaired. How many people have you maimed or killed with your words? Is your tongue too quick to criticize? Do your words build up…or do they tear down?
So how do we tame our tongue? How do we train ourselves to think before we speak? The tongue is a very small muscle, but very strong. The enemy can use our tongue to cause division, putting others down, bragging, false teaching, exaggeration, complaining, or just flat out lying. It only takes a few words to hurt someone. Wounds heal, but harsh words but they leave scars that never disappear.
Our words have power. They can bring joy or cause misery.
Your words can either speak life, or your words can speak death. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down. An unchecked fire doubles in size every minute. Gossip and false teaching are no different.
The church that James is writing to in James 3:1-12 was full of people who gossiped about each other and tore one another apart with their tongues.
Look at what’s written in the first chapter of James’ letter: James 1:19 (NLT) “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;” And verse 1:26 (NLT), “If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.” If you and I launch verbal destruction, those words will have devastating consequences on others.
James connects sins of the tongue with sins of the body because our words usually lead to corresponding deeds. Proverbs 21:23 (NLT) says “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” The tongue can express or repress; offend or befriend; affirm or alienate; build or belittle; comfort or criticize; delight or destroy.
“In our world, we have so many ways in which to use our tongue... not only in person but through email, texts, Facebook, Twitter, comments on blogs, etc.
We have so many places in which we must control our tongue.
The more time we spend in God's Word, praying, and growing in our faith, the more He helps us with our tongue.
Make a pact that today you will speak life!