September 4, 2020
The Untamed Tongue
We all have said things that we, later on, regretted saying, and though we wish we can take back the things we said, we can not. In the heat of the moment, our tongues can spill out the secrets of our hearts. The bitterness, grudges, unforgiveness, resentment, etc. that we hold against a person will eventually come out if we don't make it right with the person. It's essential, especially as Christians, that we do not hold anything against anyone. Our tongues should not be a tool that Satan can use to tear down another person, but rather it should be a tool that God uses to build up, edify, encourage, and extort others. Our tongues should be used to spread the Gospel and not gossip. Our words are powerful, and though people can say, "Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," is simply untrue. Words hurt people all the time, and if we aren't careful, our words can cause a person to completely reject God because of what we say. Use your tongue to build up others around you and to point others to Christ.
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 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.
James 3:8-10 (KJV)
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