Do you ever think about the tongue? If you do, what do you actually associate with the tongue. Let’s see, the tongue lets us know if something taste yummy (like ice cream), or (quite frankly) something disgusting. The doctor looks at our tongue when he/she asks us to “ahh.” Some use their tongue for kissing and some (not just children) just like to stick their tongue at someone as a way to “so there!” or “leave me alone!” I guess most people take their tongue for granted.
I know what you’re thinking…what an odd topic-and you are right. It is an odd topic for discussion but, I would guess that most people do not realize that their tongue will contradict their own religion by the way they speak. I believe that the tongue is a tool that leads to hypocrisy and the reason is because many times we say one thing; or imply something, but our actions are contrary to what we said. It is also true that one’s emotions dictate the words the tongue puts out. When a person presents themselves as religious, but spits out anger or hurt on others, then their religion (or as I like to say their faith) seems phony. Everybody has bad days. I’m not talking about that. I am talking about when people are deluded in thinking that their words do not effect anyone. This is what the above scripture means. Piety is not holy. I am guilty of this very thing myself. I am a sinner saved through the grace of my Lord, Jesus Christ. I am not perfect-but Jesus is. The people who know me would consider me a “religious” person. However, I know they have seen and heard me when I let that tongue of mine take control and then act completely un-Christlike. My tongue may be small in my body, but it has big opinions and wants to be heard. In the book of James it says “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5-6)
When we let the tongue get the better of us, we become automatically become pharisaical. We appear high and mighty. We take our priceless salvation and make it worthless by our very own words and condemn ourselves. There have been instances where I thought my heart was with God-but then I opened my mouth and blew my testimony as a Christian. I do not want to be known as a “Christian terminator” but, I brought that label upon myself and I know it! I think my biggest disappointment is not what people think of me; it’s what does God think of me as His representative! Thank God, I can always come to Him and repent for my words and actions and He is always faithful to forgive me when I ask.
So the next time you want to spew something foul; or even give an unkind word (even in self defense) take a moment to honestly reflect what is in your mind and reign in the tongue before it breaks free. It is challenge I am presenting to all of my readers. I also value the accountability. Until we meet again, walk everyday with grace that only God can give.
In His Love,