It happened again. I said something I shouldn’t have said. I tried to “hold it in” and then it just…happened. I mean – honestly. People can be SO stupid and I would be less than true to myself if I didn’t say what I meant! And they deserved it.
I know I shouldn’t have written that email or message to someone – but they’ll understand my tone because I do. They shouldn’t think anything about it – I’m just being me – and to be me – means being completely honest and everyone will just have to understand – I’ve got to be ME!!
Do either of these sound like you? Yeah – me too. The Bible tells us that out of the heart – the mouth (or tongue) speaks. That pesky little tongue – it’s so little – how can it do so much damage? If you are like me you have about a thousand or more words you wish you could take back – either years ago – last year 0r last night.
This morning we heard another great message from Pastor Greg at MRCC about “The Fear of God” – this time about the tongue. In James 3 we read:
…So too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions. think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze. and the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence – and is set on fire by hell. For every kind of animal, bird, reptile and sea creature is subdued and has been subdued by humankind – But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God’s image. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
How much damage can be made by the tongue. It is HUGE. I am humbled and ashamed at how I have spoken over the years – when I was younger and much more feisty and hadn’t had life “season” me yet. And I am keenly aware of the damage others have done to me too – even pretty recently. In Mark 33 we read:
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart. The good person brings good things out of his good treasury and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
This passage should greatly alarm us. Should humble us and bring us to our knees asking forgiveness for all the worthless words we have spoken. We have all done it. After all – doesn’t the world revolve around me? Shouldn’t I be allowed to be happy? Say what I want? Let the chips fall where they may? I don’t think so. This passage says that at the judgement everything will be brought out in the open – what was done in secret – everyone will know. Frightening stuff.
We need to:
Be careful what we say
Speak less and listen more
Learn to use our tongue like God uses His
We need to bless people – and speak life and hope
If you are one like me – who tends to have a big mouth sometimes – you need to know that you CAN tame the tongue – but it starts with asking forgiveness for the things that you’ve already said – and forgiving those things that have been said against you. Ask the Lord to help you to really love people just as they are – no strings – no hidden agenda. Ask Him to enable you to see others as He sees them – ask Him to help you to bless them and offer them words of life and hope. A gentle word and encouragement from you can go a long way.
I am praying for you