James 3:5-6 “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Often people talk about our tongue as though it is a separate entity…..it is not.
It is an extension of our hearts and minds. We are to control it…..and use it for the glory of God,….as with all our faculties.
James 3:3 “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.”
Psalm 39:1 “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.”
A bridle is there to check the animal’s willful actions…..so with a bridle on our tongues.
As long as the horse, mule, or whatever is going along with a nudge…..everything is fine…..the reins are loose, and the rider and horse are working together.
But let the horse begin to run off or take another path, and the rider instantly…..gently at first, pulls on the reins.
If we control our tongue, we are “perfect”….or complete. Our whole being is subjected to Christ and His Will and glory.
James 3:2 “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”
But when we do not check ourselves in our conversation…..
……our testimony can be damaged….or someone may be hurt,….and we should always be watchful for that. (Matthew 18:6-7)
Psalm 141:3 “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”
When I read this verse, I don’t see a locked door……
…..but rather an open door with a butler there….
…..ready to assist with anything…..taking our “extra baggage”….so that all that comes through that door is ready to go in or out….prepared for any good work or audience with the King.
Proverbs 10:32 “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness (perversity or fraud).”
How great! To know what is acceptable to say! How far to go, what words to use….the tone in which to speak. Amazing promise, to those who obey the Lord.
James 3:9-10 “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”
Matthew 12:37 “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Our mouths are an important part of our work…..our speech is the outlet of our testimony.
Granted, it is only good, as our actions are right…..but as they are, our words carry real weight for the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
That hope within us…..is Christ Jesus.
Are we ready to use our tongues for His glory?