From James 3:2-12 we hear how we ought to manage our mouth, learn how to tame our tongue because what we say does matter. If we can control our mouth, we’re perfect in the sense of being mature and healthy. Your tongue reveals what's going on inside of you, not just physically but spiritually.
In order to better understand how important it is for believers to tame their tongue, let’s consider the following:
Your tongue directs where you go. If you wonder where you’re going to be in the future, listen to what you talk about the most.
Your tongue has the potential to destroy what you have! Words can create a chain reaction and careless words have destroyed relationships, careers, a reputation, or the reputation of another, churches, families and most importantly...faith.
Your tongue displays who you are. It reveals your real character. It tells what’s really inside of you because whatever is in the well comes out in the water. What would happen if we went on a fast to not speak anything negative, stop complaining and didn't allow any thinking that is contrary to the promises of God?
Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.."
What’s the solution?
New heart. Ezekiel 36:26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."
Rely on God. Psalm 62:5 "I depend on God alone; I put my hope in Him."
Think before you speak. James 1:19 "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
Let’s ask in prayer this week, “Jesus, take control of my heart.”