Controlling the Tongue – James 3:6-12…6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.
An uncontrolled tongue from self, Satan or the world system sets our lives on fire. Being burned by fire physically is very painful but the burning in our spirit from a tongue caused fire can be as bad or worse.
7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
Humans can tame the wildest of animals by offering the right encouragements and by constant repetition. Think of a trainer giving a large horse sugar chunks after doing a trick right. However, the tongue of a human spews forth from deep in the roots of a person’s heart and when the heart is self-centered the tongue cannot be controlled. The only way to control the tongue is for the heart to be Jesus-centered and compelled by the love of Jesus to say and act righteously.
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
James continues asking questions about a self-centered life with a heart filled with evil desires. Jesus said ” 20b That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” A
The key to controlling the tongue is to have a Jesus-centered heart!
Notes: A- Mark 7:20b-23