TAMING THE TONGUE   Bennie Carr / May 08, 2022

taming the tongueA couple of weeks ago, in our Sunday morning bible class, we studied the aspects of what damage the tongue can do. It was a great study, and I so appreciate the input from many of you that participated. Studying that lesson, which we took 3 weeks to cover, made me more aware of what God expects from each and every one of us regarding the use of our tongues.

Since it was my week to supply the Elder’s Corner message, I decided that I would take this opportunity to reiterate some of the key things to remember about that lesson. The main reason for doing so is that the tongue is the most damaging aspects of our bodies. It can also be the greatest tool that mankind received from God if we use it to spread God’s word, and to build up and edify one another. “Therefore, let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” (Romans 14:19). “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (I Thessalonians 5:11).

As Christians, we are reminded that we must keep control of our tongues. As James said, “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). We should always think before we speak.

The Proverbs writer said, in Proverbs 10:19, “In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise”. We can sin against our brother with the tongue, and not even realize it before it is too late. We have to be careful.

When we repeat something that is heard without full knowledge of the truth, before we know it, we could be gossiping and becoming busybodies (I Timothy 5:13). As Christians, we need to be careful with what we repeat. Remember, there are always two sides to the story. “The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17).

We have the ability to tame our tongues. We should remember that we are stewards of our own tongues and that we will give an account for “What we say, how we say it, and to whom we say it”.

Let us all work diligently to please God in the use of our tongues!!!




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