CONTROLLING THE TONGUE

Sunday, January 29, 2017

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)

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

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!

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  • Joanne Scantlebury
    January 29, 2017

    Perfectly timed post . Need to count to 10 before I speak quite often.
    Hope you Sunday is peaceful😊😊😊

  • Mariana
    January 29, 2017

    I hear you loud and clear. My tongue is as sharp as a razor, but I have to say that since I have started going to Bible study I am so much more aware and ask for the Holy Spirit to help me with this. I have to say you are an inspiration in so many ways.

  • Nancy
    January 29, 2017

    Did you wrote this for me?😎😎

  • Amy
    January 29, 2017

    this is exactly what I continually struggle with!! Perfectly timed post!! just what I needed to hear about this morning!!! thank you for sharing God’s word with us this morning.

  • Tricia
    January 29, 2017

    I’m guilty of this, so guilty in fact that I made a New Years resolution not to say anything bad about anyone . I’ve been very tempted a few times but remembered my resolution and kept my mouth shut. I feel so much better for it. We’re only one month into the year, hope I can keep it up!

  • Susan
    January 29, 2017

    As usual, just what I needed to hear. Silence speaks volumes and I must remember to turn up the volume !

  • Teresa
    January 29, 2017

    I certainly needed this right now! I started not to look at the post, thinking Tania won’t have any fashion today. But something made me look. I am so glad I did! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Dawn
    January 29, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this! I certainly needed it. I have struggled for years with cussing. I am ashamed of it but I continue to struggle with it.

  • Kathe
    January 29, 2017

    Wise counsel as usual Tania, thank you.

  • Naomi
    January 29, 2017

    Tania, this is a fantastic post. I felt every word as if I wrote it. You are such a delightful and good friend I look forward to visiting with. 😘

  • Cheryl Reed
    January 29, 2017

    Aw that was great and something I needed to hear!! Thanks!

  • Penny
    January 29, 2017

    I so needed to hear this, thank you!

  • Theresa Cupit
    January 30, 2017

    Sometimes, I justify my words by telling myself that I’m speaking the truth. Finally dawned on me that my truth may be different from someone else’s. I am praying daily for the Lord to change my thoughts, words, and heart. I’ve heard it said that you should…..

    Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.

    Love your blog!

    • Tania
      January 30, 2017

      Theresa, I am so glad you reminded me of that saying. It is so true. Our thoughts BECOME our reality!

  • Petra Swart
    January 30, 2017

    Something we need to be reminded of so often, Tania!!!!! Thanks for giving me something to take with me this week!!!!
    Have a great week!!!!
    Hugz

  • Charlcy Green
    January 30, 2017

    Tania, I so admire you for using your blog to speak God’s word to us & to offer your own foibles as lessons. You are amazing! And it was SUCH a treat to talk with you Saturday! THANK YOU for calling me! Have a blessed Monday!

  • Dianne Vickers
    January 30, 2017

    Words are like toothpaste. Once they are out there, there is putting them back in.

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