Today we will be looking at more verses on taming our tongues as we continue our study of James 3.
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.
God has given man dominion over the animals of the earth but we are not able to have dominion over our tongues on our own. We can only tame our tongues by the power of the Holy Spirit. It requires us to yield to His wisdom and hold our tongues.
“Restless evil” is described in the lexical aids as “roaming about searching for opportunities to create more mischief.” I love that description of our tongue. It reminds me of a small child who is constantly getting into trouble. We can be that way with our tongues as well. Our tongue is also “full of deadly poison” so we need to be very careful how we use it.
9 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.
These four verses give several examples of how ridiculous it is for us to bless God and curse others with the same tongue. What comes out of our mouth should not only bless the Lord but bless others as well. Have your words been more of a blessing or a curse to others lately?
I know we have talked about taming our tongues and being careful with how we use our words for the past several days but it is one of the hardest things for us to do. As you spend time in prayer today, ask the Lord to help you to use your tongue to bless those around you.
Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Lexical Aids quote from “Key Word Study Bible”, AMG Publishers