DAILY JOURNEY WITH THE LORD
Saturday 20th January, 2018.
Topic: YOUR TONGUE
Bible Text: James 3:1-12
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
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.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Our creator created us wonderfully, fearfully and perfectly. He created us by placing each parts of our body in the rightful place, no wonder He made the tongue to reside inside our mouth.
The tongue is the smallest part of our body which helps us in talking, if a tongue is removed from a person’s mouth, i do not think the person will be able to talk again or properly. As small as the tongue is, it is dangerous and deadly, that is why we need to be mindful of what comes out of our mouths. The words that do come out of our mouths are like raw eggs. If a raw egg falls on the ground, it breaks, it cannot be picked and it cannot come back to it formal state again, it is destroyed forever. That is why we need to be mindful of whatever that is coming out of our mouth, be it good or otherwise, cannot be reversed. It has gone out for life and the next thing is to yield results.
Verse 6 says: 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. In what ways have you been using your tongue to set people on fire? Some of us have killed people with our tongue by lying, cursing, gossiping, backbiting, blackmailing, etc so as for us to be favoured. Remember, whatsoever a man sow, he will reap.
1. God forgive me for using my tongue wrongly.
2. Father, give me the grace to use my tongue to praise you.