“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.”
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James 3:1-18 Bible in a Year:
AUDIO VERSIONWATCHING WHAT WE SAYIf you have said anything you regret saying, keep reading. Here is what James says about the tongue:
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 3:8-9
Having control over something as big as a ship is good, but having control over something as powerful as our tongue allows us to be effective Disciples of Jesus.
We can speak life into others, edify, comfort, and build up, all while binding things that are not of God. Now that is the good news, and the bad news is that James says no one can tame their tongue.
Our hope is in Jesus. When spiritually reborn, we can call on the power of the Holy Spirit for help.
Have you said anything that you regretted once you were a Believer? Of course, you have! But do not worry; James even offers a solution.
James first clearly lets us know what is not of God:
But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. James 3:14-16
Whether praying for someone or sharing a Bible verse, if there is any envy or self-seeking in what you say, it is not of God. We must not lie against this truth.
Before we speak, ask the following question, Is what I am going to say going to hurt or help the person I am talking to? If the answer helps, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, humility, and self-control will flow out of your mouth.
The choice is up to you.
What words will come out of your mouth today?Do you need Prayer? We are here to pray with you.
“Heavenly Father, I ask You to put a watch before my mouth that I sin not with my tongue. I want my tongue to take the lead in the right direction of following You. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, my strength and my redeemer. My tongue must praise You, and You also said the tongue of the wise is health. I will listen and obey Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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