TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, April 09, 2018:
A moveable organ in the mouth enabling speech; speech or talk; a language or dialect.
No man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil full of deadly poison, with it we bless our God and Father and with it we curse men.
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We both can remember as children that when we said something “bad” our parents would remark strongly to us that if we ever repeated that comment or word that they would wash out our mouth with soap.
If you have ever had your mouth washed out with soap, as we both had, you will think twice about using your tongue that way again. The point our parents were making to us was that we needed to be careful about what words we chose and how we spoke to others. We needed to think before we spoke and to be sensitive to the feelings of those we were communicating to. Above all we needed to speak what was true. Telling a lie was not acceptable. Somehow our parents always knew when we were not telling the truth.
The tongue is a very small part of the body but it is mighty and a most important part. Without our tongue we could not taste or talk. In the above verse James warns of the power of the tongue. No man can tame the tongue and it is restless, evil and full of deadly poison.
The tongue has the ability to do great and long term damage. Once a word comes out of the mouth it cannot be taken back. In James 3:6 we are told that the damage the tongue can do is compared to a raging fire. Like a fire you cannot control the damage a word can do and you cannot reverse the damage. In a matter of minutes a few words spoken in anger or with the intent to be hurtful can destroy a life-long relationship. Satan uses our tongues to put people against one another and to stir up hatred and fighting.
Our society has changed so much over the last ten years. Words we hear today being commonly used were rarely used in public ten years ago. Why is this happening? Just think about the changes in our culture here in America alone. Students now are forbidden to pray in their schools, the Ten Commandments cannot be posted in our schools or public buildings and pornography is accepted as free speech. We have taken God out of our society and now we are reaping the results.
James tells us that what comes out of our mouth shows what motivates us. Our words give the true picture of who we really are and who is in control. What we as believers need to understand is that without the help of God it is impossible to control our tongue. We must submit our tongue to His control and think before we speak.
When we allow God to control our life and the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with God’s love then God will enable us to use our tongue for God’s glory. James 3:8-9 tells us that it is with the tongue that we praise and bless God.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 1:5.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Help me today to control my tongue and speak words that will honor You and bless You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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