That Blasted Tongue!

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James 1:26 ERV; You might think you are a very religious person. But if your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Your careless talk makes your offerings to God worthless. 

Have you ever been a part of or experienced the other side of an out of control tongue? Have you ever been in the room when someone ‘went off’ on someone? When I was young, my older sister and I would get into a raging tongue war. We’d call each other names, accuse each other (‘did so’, ‘did not’), had a love/hate relationship until I left home. I remember thinking that I was so tired of the turmoil, I never wanted to argue with anyone ever again! In essence, I put away childish things and decided to use my tongue to build instead of tear down.

It doesn’t matter how religious you are, if you can’t control your tongue then everything you do is tainted. God says it even makes your offering worthless. Think about that for a moment. You might be on the worship team, praising God every Sunday morning but nullify every bit of worship when you cuss out your husband on the way home. You bring your offering to the Lord but speak evil of the president instead of praying for him as the Word says, then you wonder why you’re broke all the time and your needs aren’t even being met.

If you want your life to be blessed, learn to control your tongue. Restraint is a beautiful thing. Your opinion isn’t as important as you think it is. Instead of cussing that person out, visual that person sitting on Gods lap. You will think twice before opening your mouth when you look at them as valuable people, God’s creation that He loves, instead of an object in which to vent your anger or dissatisfaction.

Father, I’m sorry for the times I’ve lost control of my tongue and allowed it to wag like a dogs tail. Forgive me! I want my offering to be valuable to You and Your Kingdom. I want to use it to build and not destroy, to bring encouragement, love and a source of joy and peace. I commit that little member of my body to You today. Help me to see them as You see them, to love them as You love them. When I get angry, because I know I will, help me to lock my lips and make love my first response. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

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