Taming our Tongue


I am indebted to our pastor on his superb sermon on: “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not obey me” (Luke 6: 46). The Greek has, “…and do not do what I say.” I would like to stay with what we say. Just how important is it what we say and how we say it?

To begin, what we say tells others who we are. It is out of the abundance of our hearts that we speak (Matthew 12: 34). Words are the mirror of our soul and the tongue is the doorway to our soul. Whenever we speak ill of someone, we sentence ourselves (Matthew 5:22). We shall be held accountable for every careless word (Matthew 12: 34). The Mouthpiece of God (Hebrews 1:2) had this to say, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8: 3). 

Taming our tongue is the most difficult task we Christians have.  It is our tongue that kindles fires we cannot extinguish (Jamea 3:3-6). We would do well to take to heart the word’s of James 3: 9-12. 

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we course man that were created in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessings and curses. Christians, this ought not be. How can the same fountain yield both sweet and bitter water? My fellow Christians, just as a fig tree cannot bear olives, or a vine figs, neither can a fountain yield both fresh and salt water.”