The tongue has great potential for good or evil. Those who love to use it a lot must be prepared to take the consequences. When used properly the tongue can mend fences, heal broken hearts and encourage those who are in need of encouragement.
General Robert E. Lee was once asked what he thought of a fellow officer in the Confederate Army -- an officer who had made some mean-spirited remarks about him. Lee thought for a moment, then rated him as being very satisfactory. The person who asked the question seemed troubled. "But general, I guess you don’t know what he’s been saying about you." "Oh yes," answered Lee. "I know. But I was asked my opinion of him, not his opinion of me."
Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth.
Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:
James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
My Favorite Poem about the TONGUE
THIS TONGUE OF MINE
Oh! Spirit of the living God
Control this tongue of mine
No knife is quite so sharp as words,
Yet words can be divine
A tongue not yielded to God’s will
Can stir up awful strife.
Lord use this tongue of mine today
To speak Thy words of life.
I want my tongue to sing God’s praise
To tell His love for me,
To speak God’s Holy name in prayer
And thanks for Calvary.
Lord help me that this tongue of mine
Shall speak Thy word in love,
That what I say will be Thy will
Directed from above
Oh! Holy Spirit, faithful guide
This tongue of mine inspire
That only words that please the Lord
Shall be my heart’s desire
So may I lead some soul to Christ
By spoken words or songs,
Then as God leads, do not forget
My tongue to Him belongs. -- Edward L. Crane
James tells us that the tongue is a flaming fire. The damage it can do could, if not cooled, last a lifetime. Satan will, at every opportunity, use the tongue to divide us and take our eyes off the prize, which is Jesus Christ, our Lord.
The Life Application Bible records these stats:
When our speech is motivated by Satan it is full of, …JEALOUSY, SELFISHNESS, DESIRES, DISORDER, EVIL.
When our speech is motivated by God and His wisdom it is full of, …MERCY, LOVE, PEACE, COURTESY, SINCERITY, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS.
Our Father, and our God. We love you. We praise you for you are worthy of our praise. Help us Father to use our tongues for Your Glory. Help us to honor you with our speech and to build each other up with words of kindness, encouragement, and faith. In the precious name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
R. Neal Gracey, Deacon, First Baptist Church of Saltillo, PA 17264