Scriptural Truth – How Is Your Tongue?
A visit to the doctor for an illness or just a well-being visit usually consists the doctor asking you to open your mouth and an inspection of the lounge and throat area. A doctor can tell a great deal about our physical condition simply by looking at our tongue. According to the book of James the same is true of our spiritual check up. How we use our tongue is a really good indicator of how well our spiritual life is. “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain” (James 1:26). Jesus warned that it is the things that come out of our mouths that defile us (Matt. 15:18). If we want our religious devotion to be meaningful, we need to be careful what we say to others. According to James, one who can bridle (or control) their tongue has the ability to control their whole body. A self control of this nature indicates the maturity and commitment The wise man Solomon said, “He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Prov. 13:3). According to Jesus, the words that come out of our mouth can either “justify” or “condemn” us (Matt. 12:36-37). As is true with any sinful behavior, we must master it or it will master us. Think for a moment of how big an impact your words have on someone. We can rebuke or answer harshly or lovingly and depending on which we choose will determine the response given back, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness” (Prov. 15:1-2). Changing the way we talk to others is a sure way to improve our relationships and we may be the deciding factor of one wanting to serve God. Our mouths house what is described as “an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). Challenge yourself today to not let any corrupt communication cross your lips and see how things go. God’s Word says the way you use your tongue is a mark of spiritual maturity and reveals your spiritual status. What does your speech say about your spiritual condition? Is your tongue bridled? . Until next week this is the ScripturalTruth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church ofChrist (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook