Taming of the Tongue

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 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! 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. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
— James 3:3-12

You know that phrase used by angry parents, "And that's the mouth you kiss your mother with?!" James 3 reminds me of that. For all we know, James 3 might be where that phrase stemmed from...

The tongue truly is a fire. I wish it were not likened as a world of unrighteousness. That seems extreme. But, I'd be reluctant to refute it.

The washing of our robes extends to the purity of our tongues. Are you actively pursuing purity, righteousness, and truth? It can be so hard. We live in such a strange, strange world: this side of Heaven, where the Kingdom overlaps, as some say.

The tongue...it is your rudder. You are the pilot.

Guide it right. The obedience is worth your life.

FaithShawn LiComment