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About Your Tongue

We all have problems. Some of us are a little impatient. Some us could use more self-control, or be a little more gentle. These problems we think about. We also think about other smaller problems as well, such as what to have for lunch. But do we ever think about the problem with our tongues? Read what James has to say about this problem:

“Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 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. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.”
James 3:2-12

Our tongues have become overlooked problems, and they are starting to get out of control. We make bad jokes, and talk filthy with our co-workers and peers. On social networking sites and texts we give comments of an OMG or WTF along with a LOL. Why do we do it? To fit in? To be cool, or normal? To impress?

Whatever the reason, its wrong. We need to remember that we are not of this world. We are God’s children, not just common people. However big the temptation, we need to resist it. Even though we are surrounded by it in television, literature, music, movies, etc., we must not let it infiltrate how we live. How are people going to want what we have, meaning Jesus’s love and grace, if we’re not different. We are to be a light in the darkness, but lights covered by filthy rags don’t shine so brightly, now do they?

Have we forgotten that it says in the Ten Commandments: “You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God!”? We make think of it as just a trifle, but remember, a sin is a sin whether great of small. Just because something is astonishing does not mean it deserves an “Oh my G–!” There are other more appropriate expressions for such things.

Watch your tongue. It is wise to say little, and listen much, and in doing so you will not be caught in a trap saying such things that are sinful and unpleasing to our Daddy in heaven, he loves us, does not he deserve more than that? Just something to think about.

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  1. Good one. That’s why you have two ears and one mouth.

  2. Good point. Control is critical, but we do not, and cannot, accomplish it; although we can try.

  3. You rock Willi! Way to stand out! And dude, you’re totally right.

  4. I think everyone has trouble just keeping quite and listen to one another. Your article rocks Willie! 🙂

  5. Just something to add:

    “Kind words heal and help; but cutting words wound and main”
    ~Proverbs 15:4 (Message)

    Thanks for this article Wili!! Very encouraging.

  6. I have been trying to just be myself this year. Thanks Willi! I think this will me and many others.

  7. One slip of the tongue, no matter how small, can raise suffering and pain on your life. I had a slip of the tongue, one small one, and nothing could take it back. and so, others cut me into a thousand pieces with thier words. Let your tongue be a tool for worshiping God. Satan will try to break you, make you seem so isolated from God, He cant possibly be there. Watch your words. They can change the world if you let God control your tongue.

  8. Hey, good job Willi on the post. I really think that you put a lot of effort in this post. Keep up the good work.

  9. Willi, thanks sooo much for this. I need this. We need this. The entire world needs that simple message.
    Here’s another verse,
    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV

  10. Willi!! You are so talented and truly have such a wonderfful grasp on Gods word 🙂

  11. Just like to say something, I love the encouragement, but I can’t accept any praise, because that belongs to the one who this site is all about, so yah, thats my two cents worth.

  12. There is a saying that time heals all things. that may be true, but then why am I and others still suffering? it is not time, but forgiveness and trust in the Lord that gets you through the day. We all suffer. For some, it will never heal, or any more pain will open that huge pain in your chest. I gave all I could to someone, and in turn, they broke my heart. Maybe I did the same. I’ll never know. but watch your tongue. Satan will hurt you in any way he can if you have a bit of doubt.

  13. but what exactly does the bible say against swearing? I agree that saying God’s name in vain is completely wrong, it is spoken against again and again in the bible. Swearing directed at others can be hurtful, and the Bible tells us to build each other up with what we say, but what if the swear is directed at an inanimate object? Who would that hurt? For many people swearing is not to impress, but a force of habit. So why do we cringe, and judge them for what they say? I’m not trying to attack you, Im just wondering what the bible has to say about it.

    • The Bible itself doesn’t list out what words are swears, and what we should and shouldn’t say, however in Ephesians 5 it says this: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”
      For further insight, check out this article at gotquestions.org, I think it sums it up quite well: http://www.gotquestions.org/cussing-swearing.html

  14. yes but a word is a word it depends on how you take it like if someone calls you fat or ugly you can choose to ignore it or focus on it. A word is just a word it just depends on how you look at it.

  15. I felt like this really spoke to me because so many people around me use words that could have been replaced with kinder words, but I have to remember that I can only control what I say. I can choose to speak kindly or speak with harsh words.

  16. That was a touching story. IS swaering a sin?

  17. Thanks i feel like i should take this and work with it to take it seriously.

  18. This article helps me remember to watch what I say wherever I go. Especially in the hockey dressing room. So many guys in the room don’t know God and I have to remember to be more like Christ and show them that cursing isn’t necessary.

  19. You are a really great writer. And this is something to think about

  20. Its All over the world and people don’t take this seriously and they don’t know how bad it is. This especially bad on the internet because they can’t see them face to face. kind word make people feel happy. Great Article! Love that experiment!

  21. yah i need more self controll to some times i swaer and im not happy about it

  22. This message is very powerful . I think we always need a reminder to watch what we say.

  23. i know some people that swear. I should get them to read this.

  24. Thank-you. This message was very inspiring. I have had trouble with my tongue and I have sworn and used my words to put people down. I never thought about how powerful words can be. This message is a good reminder to check what we say before we speak.

  25. This piece of writing makes me think about what is appropriate to say and how powerful our words can be. There are just so many words that we count as “normal” even though they can be offensive and rude. We should all learn to have more self control and to encourage each other with kind and supportive words.

  26. I always try to keep my tongue clean, but once in a while, something will slip out. Is there any way that i can control my tongue? I know that there are so many people that speak with bad words but they don’t realize what they mean. I don’t like to make my tongue dirty and sometimes I don’t think properly and I accidentally do. I would like if I knew a way to control it.

  27. I think everyone should read this article because places like TV and social websites have so much swearing. And this article might silence them.

  28. Thanks !! i will try to remember that !!!

  29. thanks you! this is very inspiring and i will try to remember it in my everyday life !

  30. This really told me that language is something to watch and not just something that i can let slide, thanks!

  31. This is really eye opening to me! Thank you:)

  32. Thank you! This is a very good reality check and very inspiring! I am going to try to follow this in my life!

  33. this reminds me to think before i speak because what we say actually has a meaning. thank you!

  34. Thank you! This is very inspiring. I don’t always watch what I say, but i will remember this in my everyday life!

  35. This is very inspirational. It really shows how much words make a difference in others mentality and self confidence

  36. This post really makes me want to think carefully about the things I say and do. It opened my eyes and made me realize what place I am at right now. Thank you for that.

  37. I think I have visited this article about 50 times over the past few years. Always a great reminder of the wisdom of something even as small as how our tongue can steer the body.

  38. I think I have visited this article about 50 times over the past few years. Always a great reminder of the wisdom of something even as small as how our tongue can steer the body. Thank you!

  39. I really like the way that in the verse it says that our tongues are like sparks that can create a giant forrest fire. It shows me that what I say really matters.

  40. This article reminds me of speak life by Toby Mac. I often have trouble talking about things I shouldn’t so this was helpful.

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