Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bible Reading Plan, Taming The Tongue

Our words matter. Do you stop to think before you speak? Or do you say things as they come into your mind?

Being an introvert, I have to admit that I know a few people that just talk. I have often envied them of their ability to be able to just open their mouths and let words flow.

While I wish that I could be that confident in myself, I am learning that it is better to keep a guard on my mouth. It is also better to listen and to think before actually saying anything.

Let's look at James 3:1-12 NIV 

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 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. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 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. 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. 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. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

According to these verses, our tongue --- a small part of the body ----

1. is a fire

2. is an evil among the parts of our body

3. has the power to corrupt our whole body

4. set the whole course of our life on fire

5. and it is set on fire by hell

You might be wondering how to tame the tongue. I have put together a reading plan on the subject. It starts with praising, crying out to the Lord, singing. I hope that after reading through these verses, you will see the ways in which you can, in fact, control your tongue.

Be Quick To Listen

Guard Your Mouth

Bible Reading Plan, The Names Of God

Healing Bible Reading Plan

Do you stop to think before you speak?
Or do you say things as they come into your mind?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

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