James 3:5–12 (ESV)
Taming the Tongue (Part 2)
5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 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. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the
tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
gets us into more trouble than any other muscle in our body. A bit controls a horse, a rudder controls and steers a ship, and the tongue can make or break your future and your life. I will say this, with the tongue we can cause more hurt and pain
than a knife. Words are hard to take back and can be very destructive. The tongue can steer you into trouble or steer you out of it. It is said that it is impossible to tame the tongue, but I would venture to say that you can learn to control
it most of the time. With the tongue, we can curse God or praise Him. We can continue to sin with our tongue or confess our sins. The tongue is a mighty muscle.
I pray: O Lord, help
me to tame my tongue and let me use it to proclaim your mercies. Help me to use it to confess my sins and to receive communion. Mold me and make me according to your will. Amen.