The Power Of The Tongue

Within the past couple of months, I was talking with a friend and we were talking about the Christian life. My friend said, “This (pointing to their mouth) gets me into trouble more than anything else.”
I nodded in agreement and said, “the same is true for me.”
I think it’s probably true for most of us. God gave us a mouth to use to praise Him but it can get us into trouble when we use it for other purposes.
In Psalm 17:3, the Psalmist says, “I am determined not to sin in what I say.”
In the preceding verse, the Psalmist said, “You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say.”
That’s a powerful goal, isn’t it? For most of us, our mouths get into trouble. It may be saying something in anger or, saying something you were told not to say or repeating gossip or starting gossip or being critical of others.
James warned us about sinning with our tongue when he said, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” (James 3:10).
So, God gave us a mouth to use to praise Him or tell others about Him. But with that same mouth, someone may say an ugly word or be overly harsh.
How are you using the tongue God gave you? Are you using it to encourage others? To talk about the love of Jesus? To praise the Lord? Or, are you using it to criticize others? To start gossip?
Tony Evans says, “A formidable power dwells within us each of us. This power has changed the course of nations. It is capable of starting and ending wars. And it has made men rich and women famous. It has the means to commend or corrupt – to bless or to blame. it is the power of the tongue.”
Today, recognize the power of the tongue and with the Psalmist, “determine not to sin in what we say.”

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