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Taming Our Tongues!

James 3:8

…but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

IMG_0301My two-year-old granddaughters are really starting to talk – and putting words together in their thought process. It is very neat to hear them communicate with us or with each other. They are starting to talk along with some of their favorite educational programs on TV and on their iPads. Soon they will have little sisters to communicate with as well – and I imagine – with big sisters to help them – their little sisters will be communicating in short order.

Learning to talk is important in our society. A number of baseball players are from Spanish speaking countries these days – and Asian countries as well – and they often use interpreters until they learn to speak English. Learning different languages is important for our children – because not only is the world a place with many languages – so is our country. Learning new languages is going to help our children and grandchildren with an ever-changing world.

Learning different languages is important – so we can communicate with people. Learning to tame our tongue is something all together different. We can learn languages – but learning when to speak and how to speak in an acceptable manner is another subject.

Let’s read today’s passage in partial context. James 3:1–12 – 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 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. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Taming the tongue is not easy. Taming the tongue is a task that often requires – if not always requires – God’s grace working in us – through us – and in spite of us. During Lent – let’s turn to God more and more for help as we tame our tongues.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 20, 2015 - Posted by | Daily Devotion | , , , , , ,

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