“In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body.” James 3:5-6
So how do we control our tongue? For starters, it’s helpful to keep our words to ourselves until we can sort through any raw emotions behind them. In James 1:26 we find that, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless”
Next, we can choose our words wisely. James 3:3, says, “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal” .
Once we’ve reined in what we say, we choose words that steer the conversation along an encouraging, uplifting path, building up instead of tearing down.
Last, we praise, not curse. In James 3:9 we discover that, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness”.
In Biblical times cursing was the opposite of blessing, and today we should view our words as carrying the same responsibility. Deep scars from hurtful words may never heal.
Dear Lord, remind us each day to use our tongues to glorify You and encourage others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.