“For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”James 3:7-8
Rebekah and the kids went to the park one day and spotted a little dog at which kids were throwing rocks. The dog was scared and angry, and did not let anyone near him. Rebekah tried to coax him over to her, but he was not having it. Rebekah sent Nate across the street to got some snacks from the store to see if the dog would be persuaded by some tasty treats.
It did not take long for the dog to come out of his shell to inspect what Rebekah was offering. He was jaded but he was hungry and overcame his anger for a tasty treat. Rebekah soon learned why he was not a happy camper as he had a thorn stuck in his paw. She removed the thorn from his pay, and she immediately had a best friend for life. The scared and angry dog at the park who could not be tamed was soon riding shotgun on Rebekah’s lap on her bike. The wind was blowing in his fluffy hair, and he forgot all about the troubles of his past. It took but a few treats to win him over, and he was tamed and controlled by the dog treats and Rebekah’s compassion.
From the circus to Sea World, I have seen many animals tamed and controlled. I have seen them soar high in the sky and have also seen them kneel before the trainer. The animals are controlled by the allure of food, and you can get them to do almost anything. We taste with our tongue, but it is by no means tamed. We are often known by the things we say, and our reputation hinges on the words and tones of our mouth. I have heard that ‘talk is cheap’, but some have paid dearly for what has come out of their mouths. Proverbs 18:21 states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
I cringe to think of the wickedness that has come from my tongue, and I know one day I will give an account for the poison I have spewed out. I have hurt many people with my tongue and I have hurt myself as well. I know I must commit my tongue to God and ask for His help moment by moment.
Are you allowing God to control your tongue or is your tongue an unruly evil, full of poison? From whom do you need to ask forgiveness due to the words that have come out of your mouth? Who are those being helped by your tongue? Are you depending on your own power to control your tongue, or are you asking God to help you? May we allow God to control our tongue, and may we not poison people with what we say.