// READ: James 3:1-12 //
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 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.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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.
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.
Tongues being little in the whole body poses a grave danger to a Christian who do not know how to tame his tongue. What you have to take note of in order to briddle your tongue are:
i. You can briddle the whole body if you can briddle the tongue Vs 2; Psalm 39:1
ii. If you cannot control your tongue you cannot control your life
iii. Tongues has a spreading effect (watch it) Vs 6; Proverbs 16:28
iv. Tongue’s effect is on the whole life (It determines the taste of both physical and spiritual life). proverbs 13:3; 18:21; Psalm 34:13
Therefore, be careful with your tongue so that your life will be of a definite impact.
Prayer: Pray for discipline in speaking.