As humans, we often tend to not trust the Truth and instead choose to believe the lies. This is the summary of an interesting message I heard recently. When we are born into this world, we are children of the darkness. We are familiar with the ways to lie and believe lies about ourselves. We are not familiar with the truth. If you think about your childhood, you may realize that you had to be taught to be good but you already knew how to be bad. This can especially be true for taming the tongue.
James 3:8 says, “…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil full of deadly poison.” How easy is it to come up with something bad to say about someone or to curse? How much harder is it to say something positive about ourselves or others? Do you believe it when someone compliments you or wonder about their ulterior motives? This is a product of being in the world. We do not have the ability to tame our tongues. At least, not on our own.
The good news is we have Someone who can assist in taming the tongue. James 3:17 says:
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace – loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
These words give us hope. They tell us that we have the ability to hold all of these qualities through Jesus. My friend, they also tell us we have hope because Jesus Himself holds all of these qualities and extends them towards us. Isn’t that wonderful news?
I challenge you in the next week to “tame the tongue” and consider if your thoughts or actions towards yourself and others align with the qualities of Jesus.