The Dangers of the Tongue
So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
(Jas 3:5-6 ESV)
Too many Christians let their tongues run amok. Under the guise of caring, gossip is spread. People make jokes at the expense of others. Our words carry a lot of weight. We should always take what we say seriously. We should be careful before we talk about another person. We must check our hearts and ensure that we are truly speaking out of love. Are we speaking with malice? Does that person want us speaking about him or her? Does the person we are speaking to have the right to know another person’s private life? Do we actually need to speak about another person’s circumstances?
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
(Mat 12:35-37 ESV)
If your treasure is in Jesus, Jesus is what you will talk about. We must surrender our words to God. Everyday we should pray that God’s Spirit will lead our tongues to say only what He wants us to say. Let’s speak often of the greatness of Jesus, and the love with which He has filled our hearts.