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.”
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.