CONTROLLING OUR TONGUE
When we put our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and surrender our life to Him, things will change in our life. Regardless of what is going in our life, God will start to change our hearts. The Spirit of God who lives in us begins to convict us of the sin we want to keep and not let go. He starts to give us the desire to change. The more we know more about the ways of God through the Bible, the more we want to do things that are pleasing to Him. And when our hearts change, the way we talk to each other starts to improve in a godly way. We stop cursing and using the name of God in vain. James 3:9-10 says these words regarding our tongue, "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be."
As believers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to control our tongue because it can build or destroy our lives and relationships with others. James 3:6 says, "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." Every word that comes out of our mouth matters to God, so before we speak a word, let us examine if our word will bring blessing or a curse to others. God has given us a tongue to speak so that we can communicate with each other and worship Him with our voice. Although Satan wants us to use our tongues to destroy each other, God wants us to build each other up and worship Him.
Controlling our tongue means is not letting ourselves speak words that are not pleasing to God. It is better not to say a word if we know it is wrong to say it. Ephesians 4:29 says, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." When tempted to curse, lie, or gossip, we need to remind ourselves that we are now a new person in Christ Jesus and we are different.
Ask yourself these questions: How am I controlling my tongue? Do I use my tongue to praise and worship God? Do I still use my tongue to curse or bring a life of encouragement and peace to others?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for giving me a tongue that I may communicate with others and praise you. Please help me control my tongue and only speak that is pleasing to you. Please help me overcome cursing words and lying lips so that I may build up others and honor your name. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.