Have you ever heard the saying that the “tongue is the hardest muscle to control?” I know that controlling my tongue has been a struggle for me over the years.
How many times have you “blurted” out words that you wish you could take back? I have said things that I knew immediately were hurtful. You could see it in the eyes of the person I was talking to. It didn’t matter if the remark was intentional or not, it still hurt the person.
How many times have you deliberately said something with the intent to hurt? Maybe someone said something to you first or did something that hurt you so you lash out. They started it, they hurt me first, they deserve everything they get. Guilty, guilty, and guilty. It sounds like the old Pee Wee Herman saying, I know you are but what am I?”
Gossip is one of the tongues favorite activities. Telling your best friend or co-worker the latest story that you heard sounds innocent enough but if it is propagating a “story” that may or may not be true. Saying that you heard the story but don’t know if it is true still doesn’t make a difference. Have you ever played the game where someone whispers in your ear and you have to turn and repeat what was said to the next person? By the time the story gets around the room the story is completely changed and the same thing happens with gossip.
What about cussing? I have recently been seeing a lot of items with the saying, “I love Jesus but I cuss a little.” There is something about this that bothers me. I have been guilty once again of cussing and not controlling my tongue. I can’t think of once that I was proud of my words. Just this week I caught myself uttering some words that I immediately regretted.
James 3:7-12New International Version (NIV)
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
None of us are perfect and I will venture to guess that everyone has been guilty of most of these things. I don’t know about you, but I am going to try to be aware of what I say and how if affects someone else. When I slip up, and I will, I am going to immediately ask for forgiveness. I can only hope the Lord will forgive me as well as the person I hurt.
Try not to be Pee Wee Herman!
Have A Blessed Day!