TAME YOUR TONGUE* – Pastor CHRIS
“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature). But the human tongue can be tamed by no man…” *(James 3:7-8).*
Man has been able to tame every kind of animal. However, he hasn’t been able to tame his tongue. One of the things the Holy Spirit does in your life as a Christian is to help you tame your tongue. You may not make spiritual advancement, as you ought until you allow Him help you tame your tongue. It doesn’t matter how long you talk in other tongues or your position in your local church, if you aren’t able to control your tongue, then you’re a spiritual babe.
How does the Holy Spirit tame your tongue? He does so through you! You
can’t just stay somewhere and say, _”Oh God, please tame my tongue.”_
No! You’ll have to yield your tongue to Him. The reason some people’s
prayers aren’t as effective as should be is their tongues aren’t
completely yielded to the Lord. *_”Doth a fountain send forth at the
same place sweet water and bitter?”_* (James 3:11).
Surely the answer to that question is no! You shouldn’t use your tongue to bless God in worship and at the same time speak unedifying words.
The mature Christian is the one who has mastered the use of his tongue and doesn’t err with his words. The Bible says, *_”For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body”_* (James 3:2). The level of your spiritual maturity could be determined by your manner of communication. You may have met Christians who talk impulsively, never giving any thought to the impact of what they say. The Bible describes such people in Proverbs 12:18: *_”There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword…,”_* this scripture concludes on an instructive note: *_”…but the tongue of the wise is health.”_* Why not tame your tongue so it can bring always health and life to you and those who hear you?
Learn to address other people with kindness, and courtesy. Learn to choose your words carefully; choose words that lift and bless.
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