This little member, the tongue, can get you into a bunch of trouble, or minister grace unto others.
Our pastor became discouraged when a faithful member left with his wife and five children to pastor a church. Lynn said, “God sent Brother Troy out of our church to pastor.” These few words encouraged our pastor. At times the Lord gives words to help someone.
However, hurtful words can flow out of the same mouth. God said, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be,” (Jas. 3:10). My tongue can be used for good or evil.
Once Lynn forgot her husband’s uniforms. “Your uniforms,” She yelled. “I left them at the laundry.” We went back to the laundry and did not find them. Her feet stomped out of the laundry as she bellowed out all the way home. Angry words affected her husband and daughter, not Lynn alone.
If after that explosion, she said, “It’s not that bad,” the poison of these stinging words remained in the atmosphere.
She felt like she was no good. This did not fix the problem.
Saying, “I’m not mad,” solves nothing.
The only remedy when things like this occur is agreeing with God that you sinned with your lips and thoughts.
When you utter venomous words out of your mouth, God will forgive and cleanse you when you admit your wrongdoing. Mankind has tamed all kinds of animals, but not the tongue. God says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (Jas. 3:8). Lynn could not tame her tongue, but God did when she made things right.
Bio.: Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women, contains a chapter on the tongue. You can find more on her website, http://www.writingfrommyheart.com. The columns on the right make her site easier to navigate.