7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. - James 3:7-8
What comes from your mouth is directly linked to what’s in your heart. If your heart is critical, your words will be critical, if your heart is self-righteous your words will be judgmental. If your heart is bitter, your words will be harsh, and if your heart is ungrateful, your words will be full of grumbling.
But if your heart is loving, gracious and encouraging words will flow out of your mouth. If your heart is peaceful, then reconciling words will come. If your heart is faithful, you will speak truth. And if your heart is trusting, you will speak words of strength.
Our hearts are broken beyond our own ability to repair them, so the words that flow out of them are most often self-serving. We know from scripture our hearts are deceitful above all things, and that we are all sinful and fall short of the glory of God.
Many read this passage in James and recognize the power of our tongues, but think we can still set about changing what we say in our own power. We determine to be kinder and gentler with our words, but then find we will eventually fail at it every time. He reminds us here we cannot tame the tongue. We simply do not have the ability to tame our own tongues. It is only through the power of the Spirit that we can change our our hearts, and thus change our words. Determine to saturate your souls with His Word, and allow Him to change your words.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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