Dear Brother and Sister in Christ
I will be discussing the importance of learning to Guard your tongue, this is by no means an exhaustive study on the subject, but I will attempt to cover more on this subject in future articles.
I want you to think for a moment about the spoken word. It is a very powerful force in our world. God spoke and the earth and everything in it was created. Presidents, judges speak and laws are put into place in our society. I want you to realise that the spoken word is extremely important and it can be either used for the benefit of yourself and others or for their destruction. We as christians, have the Holy Spirit living within us; this is a biblical fact. (John 14)
Now if the Holy Spirit is living within us, then we need to learn to practice speaking life into our prayers, life into our marriages, children’s lives, and life into those whom God has called us to minister around us. Please put these principles into practice in your life and you will have a greater sense of God working in and through you.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is found in 2 Peter 1:3-11 as it is a road map for Christian living. We need that map that Christ has provided to us. Read this passage of scripture as it is very important in setting the stage for all that we will be covering in the next few articles.
2 Peter 1:3-11
- 3. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
- 4. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
- 5. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
- 6. and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
- 7. and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
- 8. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- 9. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
- 10. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,
- 11. and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As you can see in these verses the Apostle Peter is telling us that we have been given everything that we need as believers in Jesus Christ to live our lives in godliness. We are able to tap into the resources of God through our knowledge of God and his son, Jesus Christ.
I want you to realize that even though Christ gave us the gift of Eternal Life, and the forgiveness of our sins, we have the responsibility to walk that reality out here on earth. We cannot say to God one day, “Sorry about that I didn’t know that I had to control my tongue too!”
We are told to make every effort, to add to our faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
Now I realize that it does not say anything about the power of the tongue in these verses but I want to establish the thought with you that we have to make every effort to live the way that God has set out for us. I believe that because he has given us everything that we need to live a Christian life, victoriously, we also have the ability to learn to control our tongues.
Now onto Proverbs, the book of Proverbs talks extensively on the subject of our tongues and how they are either used to create something good or tear something apart.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
We are told that our tongues have the very power of life and death, that is a scary thought, as we can either bring refreshing life into a situation or bring death into it by the words that we speak.
I am sure that at some point in your life you have been at the but end of someone’s horrible words to you, they have felt like 1000 knives being stabbed into you at one time. The effects of those words can last a life time.
Then there is the other side of the coin, where you have received words of encouragement or affirmation. They have proven to build you up and encourage you to pursue what you loved to do. It amazes me how a few simple words can have such a profound effect on our lives.
“The wisdom of the prudent (wise man) is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.”
If you are a Christian, we are told by God that we can and must ask for his wisdom. ( The reason that we need God’s wisdom in this world is to live a life that is worthy of the calling that he has placed on us). Why would that be important? Well if someone gives you a gift of great importance you are not going to throw it into a heap on the floor, step on it, kick it and eventually put it into the trash. No, you will treat it with great respect and treasure it. You will go out of your way to make sure that it is safe.
My friends, with this in mind, think with me for a moment about the gift that God has given each of us. He gave us the gift of eternal life through his son Jesus Christ. He told us that in Christ we are clothed in righteousness, and have been made into new creations. That is his free gift to us. He also tells us that because of this gift there are a few (ok a lot) of things that are required of us as we walk with him in our faith. (If we disregard the gift that he has given us, we are foolish, and allow deception to rule every aspect of our lives)
One of the things that we as Christians need to do is to become wise with God’s wisdom and give thought to our ways. We need to live deliberately and not with an attitude that anything goes. I know that when we deliberately set our minds to do what God says we are to do, we are not only walking in obedience to his ways for us, but we are actually living in the fullness of his will for our lives.
Part of walking in deliberate wisdom in Christ Jesus is learning the different principles that he has laid out for us; one of them being the power of the Tongue. Our mouths literally hold the key to life or death in our lives. We need to learn how to submit it to the lord and use it for his purposes and not our own destructive, selfish purposes.
I pray that each of you will give more thought to the words that are coming out of your mouths, if this is the first time that you have ever heard such a message and think to yourself, well that is easiear said than done. My friend, let me encourage you with this thought. I was the kind of person who never gave a second thought to the words that came out of my mouth, whether it was to cut some one to pieces or to laugh at their calamity. Until of course the day that God started a restoration work on my heart. He showed me the effects that my words were having on the people around me, and not only that, how the words that others had spoken to me were slowly eating me up inside.
I had to start with repenting for the words that I had spoken, over my life, to other people and allow God to remove the stain of those words, then I had to be willing to learn a whole new way of living. I asked God to show me every time my mouth spoke before my brain could catch up. He was faithful and did that. Soon after I had done this I noticed that if I did speak out of turn, or said something hurtful, the Lord would always show me, so that I could repent, and then go and ask that person to forgive me.
This discipline of watching my tongue, that the lord was teaching me has come in very handy over the years. I have saved myself alot of grief by keeping my opinions to myself. I have also developed a deeper walk with God, due to the fact that I was actively trying to walk in obedience to his word and way for my life.
I pray that God will bless you and your efforts to learn to control your tongue
In the next article we will learn how to guard our tongues effectively.
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