Tuesday, 25 May 2021
There is much to be said in the word of God relating to the tongue. From James 3:1-12 "we see how the tongue; as small as it is, has such a profound effect. The parallels which are drawn are the bit in a horses mouth, the rudder of a ship and the small amount of fire needed to set a forest ablaze."
It is amazing how easily words which we later regret come out of our mouths. For that matter, it is not only the spoken but written word which fall under this category. Particularly in this age of texting and posting. All of these forms of communication for our purposes can be considered the tongue.
What is it that controls our tongue? How can it be that as James writes in verses 9-11; from the same mouth come both blessings and curses? Is it safe to say that what we are hearing is what is in our heart? One way to look for this is to note what comes out of our mouth when under pressure or when we are experiencing inner turmoil.
According to James the possibility for total destruction is great. He writes the following in verse 6: The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Once again, what is it that controls the tongue? If our heart dwells with the peace of God, His favor and wisdom will come out of our mouth. We will not speak words meant to simply please man; we will operate in the times and seasons set before us for God's purposes in our lives and the lives of others.
If we are in conflict or turmoil, not filled with the Spirit of God, we may find ourselves slowly looking and acting more and more like the world. Has the Body of Messiah drifted into this pattern? Are we seeing only the defects, do we gather only for what we will get from fellowship or to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, as one? What is the motivation of our heart?
Let us be aware of these possibilities so we will not find ourselves a spring which brings forth salt water and not fresh. (James 4:11-12)
This is taken from the Harvest of Asher Facebook page.