James 3:8-10 “But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”
The tongue and the power it holds. The power to praise the Most High, and in the same breath, the power to breakdown those He has made. A power we have no control over. Restless, evil, poisoning the world around us. Letting loose haunting words, words that roll off others tongues, deep into us. Words that lash from our tongues, colliding into others. Explosive words, words that set the world on fire.
This untamable tongue of ours. Whatever can we do? The answer is, absolutely nothing. Nothing man could ever do would ever change the nature of our tongues. Nothing we could ever do could control it for it is truly uncontrollable. But that’s ok. At the end of the day it all comes down to the heart.
Jesus said in Mark 7:15-16 “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Our tongue is fueled by our heart. Our heart by it’s very nature doesn’t seek after God, but rather seeks out it’s own sinful desires. So that’s it! It’s as simple as a change of heart! Once again, we would be setting ourselves up for failure if we thought there was anything we could ever do to change our hearts. But that also is ok. What it really all comes down to is the Gospel.
A life submitted to Christ is a life setup for the miraculous. For all these things that are impossible for man, are more than possible for God. When we accept God’s precious gift of salvation, we invite Christ into our hearts, and He begins to change us from the inside out.
This is why it’s so important that everyday we submit our hearts to Jesus Christ. In Philippians 4:7 it says “His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Jesus is the antidote for the poison that has infected all of mankind, but only when you let him. So the question is, what will your tongue be used for today? Submitted to Christ and used as God’s blessing or submitted to yourself, untamed, out of control, and spewing curses. The choice is yours. Submit yourself, guard your heart, watch your mouth.