I love James’ practicality, it brings the point home. He talks about how the ship is so large and is driven by strong winds yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. He talks about how a small fire can set ablaze a great forest, and how we can make a horse obey us by putting bits in its mouth. All this is to illustrate the power of the tongue. A tongue can bring direction and destruction. It is a small member yet it boasts of great things; the tongue is capable of breaking all the Ten Commandments by itself.
The rest of the verses in James 3 read:
‘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. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. (James 3:6-10)
Sometimes we are careless with our words; we speak and post without thinking. We destroy relationships and tear families apart just by allowing our tongues to take over. Our words are a reflection of our hearts and display our character. A harsh tongue represent an angry heart, a negative tongue represents an anxious heart, an overreacting tongue represents an unsettled heart, a filthy tongue represents an impure heart critical tongue represents a bitter heart, a compassionate tongue represents a loving heart, a filthy tongue represents an impure heart, a truthful tongue represents an honest heart. It is in fact true to say that we are what we say.
We need to tame our tongues, and the only way to do this is to receive a new heart from God in exchange for this desperately wicked hearts we have. The power of Jesus is what we need to give God the control of our tongues, He puts a guard on our mouths and keeps watch over the doors of our lips. When we allow God to rule our hearts, and we totally surrender to Him, the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts become acceptable to Him.
If you want to change the direction of your life, change your words: Words are powerful. Someone said that we have to make our words sweet in case we have to eat them some day. My prayer today is that your lips today will glorify and please the Lord that His praises will continually be on your lips.