Everyone has what I call a 'two-faced-sword'. It is small but very powerful; it is a costly investment yet people use it everyday (for those of us who could afford to use it). A sword masked with both good and evil; and can cause either life or death. But it is a sword that no one can tame. This little fiery sword is called the 'tongue'. You can, however, learn how to use it properly. By doing so you can master its design and power, and therefore you will be able to guide its actions
The tongue is like a fiery furnace, unruly by nature. "The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members; that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature and it is set on the fire of hell. But the tongue no man can tame it is unruly evil and full of deadly positions." -James 3:6,8. This little sword is filled with powerful potential. It is what enable us to speak....without it we become dumb. It is also the most natural tool used for communication. But if it is not used properly, it could cause more harm than good (Psalm 52:2; 1 Timothy 6:4). Hence, scripture encourages and tells us the right way to use it.
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of thy mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace to the hearers." -Ephesians 4:29 (KJV).
You can use your two-faced-sword to either speak life or death (Mark 11:23), to bring peace or confusion, to comfort and encourage or to cause disdain, to build up lives or destroy them. It is the same tongue that you use to praise God in the good times and curse Him when things go wrong. The tongue can camouflage mistakes or wrongs and do so much more. Your own tongue can be your worst enemy; it can be your best friend stabbing you in the back and probably will bring you more trouble than anyone else (Proverbs 6:2; 13:3; James 5:3-8). That's why it is necessary to take pre-caution of the things that we say and how we say it.
LEARN KEEP YOUR TONGUE IN ORDER!
" Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepth his soul form troubles."
Following God's guidelines is the most effective way to keeping the tongue in the right perspective, at all times. Doing this will help you make the best use of 'your little sword'- the tongue.
Here are some tips to help you:
- Be gentle and humble when you speak; it will will keep anger away. (Proverbs 15:1; James 1:19)
- Speak in and with love. (Ephesians 4:15)
- Choose your words wisely. (Proverbs 12:18, 29:11, 17:27, 10:19)
- Refrain your tongue from speaking evil (of anyone). (1 Peter 3:10; Proverbs 15:28; Psalm 101:5, 34:13; James 4:11)
- Idle talking is inappropriate and you will be held accountable for them. (Matthew 12:36-37; Ephesians 5:4)
- Bridle your tongue! A bridled tongue is a sign of your commitment to follow God. (James 1:26)
- Let your words bear good fruit. (Proverbs 15:2,4; Ephesians 4:29)
- Be careful of who or what you boast in. For God will bring you to shame. (Psalm 12:3-4)
- Use your tongue to initiate forgiveness and ultimately peace. (1 John 1:9)
- Speaking the truth is profitable; it will set you free (Ephesians 4:25; John 8:32 ). God hates a lying tongue. (Proverbs 6:16-17)
The tongue may be untamable but we can control its course of actions by reading the 'manual for discipline' (God's word). Use your tongue to magnify whats right and true and pure. Above all, use it to glorify it's Creator, your God. Note that your words often depicts your character. Luke 6:45 - "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
"Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life." -Proverbs 4:23
Proverbs 15:4 - "A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit." Let us seek God's help to make the best use of this little fiery sword- the tongue.
"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."- Psalm 19:4