“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” Proverbs 18:21.
If you’re going to win in life and achieve all that God has for you, you’re going to have to watch your mouth, making sure that the words you speak line up with the Word of God.
The tongue has the power of life and death. Words are containers, and each word we speak is filled with something. Words can be filled with hate, fear, doubt, unbelief, and any other evil. Our words can be filled with love, faith, peace, joy, life, blessing, and any other good. Words can either curse or bless. Words can discourage or encourage. Words can wound or make whole. Words can destroy or bring life. Words have power! The words we hear can stay with us for a long time. For example, the words we hear in the morning can cause us to make a success of the day, or they can cause us to go through the day robbed of joy and energy.
I don’t think we fully recognize the tremendous power of our words. We need to understand that our world is influenced by the words we hear and the words we speak. God created the physical world with the spoken word. And we create the world around us with the words we speak. The atmosphere around you is a product of what you say. So watch your mouth! Often, you can walk into a home or even a room and know the kind of words that have just been spoken. You can “detect” them in the atmosphere. If there’s been an argument and harsh words have been spoken, you can sense it the moment you step into the room or get around the people who have been fighting. They have charged the atmosphere with their words. Just as we can negatively charge the atmosphere with our words, we can also positively charge the atmosphere. That’s why it’s important that we learn how to TAME OUR TOUGUES.
We must tame our tames by choosing to be silence other than speaking ‘words unto death’ and also by learning to say ‘words unto life’. Recognize that swearing does damage, eliminate casual swearing, stop complaining, Practice being patient and start thinking positively..
Believers today don’t pay much attention to sins of the tongue— gossip, slander, lying, exaggeration. Perhaps it’s because we so mindlessly commit these “respectable sins” that we don’t regard them as seriously as we do sins such as adultery or murder.
“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell” James 3:2-6. Also, let’s admit that bridling the tongue is tough, yes it is, but by the Spirit’s help, it can be tamed. Verse 8 of James 3 says “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison”. No man can tame the tongue without supernatural grace. Apostle James did not intend to represent it as an impossibility, but as a thing extremely difficult, which therefore will require great watchfulness, and pains, and prayers, to keep it in due order.
Depend on the Holy Spirit and He will help you as you decide to keep your tongue in check and keep it in its right place that it might be life and health unto you and your environment.
FURTHER STUDY: James 4:11, James 5:12, Matthew 5:34-37, James 3:1-12, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 25:15.
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