The Injurious Tongue

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.

James 3:7-8

We don’t have to watch television and social media a long time before we see someone apologizing for something they said especially during this racially charged climate we live in. You would think people would think about what they are going to say before they speak. We should also use what we see and hear to reinforce our faith and obedience to God.

I’ve heard it called the “pink tornado” before and that is an accurate description. Because our words can be helpful or damaging. I’ve heard the elders in my family say; “A person can recover from a physical assault a lot faster than a verbal assault.”

We’ve mastered the art of taming wild animals, but we can’t seem to tame our tongues.

The scriptures remind us of just how dangerous our tongue can be. One of the descriptions given is found in James 3:7-9. I know you’ve seen a man standing before a roaring lion or tiger. What about a man swimming in the same tank with a killer whale. These animals had to be tamed and trained to interact with humans without causing serious injury or death. We’ve mastered the art of taming wild animals, but we can’t seem to tame our tongues.

The tongue is an unruly evil and full of poison. When we speak out of anger or dislike for something or someone, we are more than likely going to say some hurtful and destroying things. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). So we can either build up or tear down, encourage or discourage, and love or hate with that little pink thing in our mouth.

Our tongues can be more injurious than our fists. Before speaking or saying anything, especially when we’re agitated or experiencing emotional discomfort, we should study what we’re going to say before saying it. And ask ourselves; “Would God be pleased with what I’m about to say?”

Father in heaven, we pray that you would give us wisdom in the area of our verbal responses. We pray to be able to discern what we’re about to say and be quick to cast down evil imaginations that breed injurious words to our neighbor. – In Jesus name. Amen.

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